Steve Asmussen

Creator upsets heavily favored Exaggerator to win the Belmont Stakes

Creator upsets heavily favored Exaggerator to win the Belmont Stakes

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux appeared to have Exaggerator perfectly positioned as he sat mid-pack in a field of 13 in the 148th Belmont Stakes on Saturday. But when he asked for the tremendous late kick that allowed his mount to rally for second in the Kentucky Derby and to win the Preakness Stakes, the colt merely spun his wheels.

Creator, under a brilliant ride from precocious Irad Ortiz Jr., all but flew past as he split horses and overtook Destin by a nose in the final stride of the mile-and-a-half marathon at Belmont Park. The outcome provided trainer Steve Asmussen with a signature victory in a year that will include his induction into the National Museum of...

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