Three-year-old Tapit colt Creator, winner of the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and Arkansas Derby (gr. I), now belongs to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association after they purchased him from WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay. The plan now is to stand Creator as stud at Shizunai Stallion Station and retire him from racing in 2017.
“The JBBA approached us with a strong desire to stand a top grade I-winning son of Tapit like Creator, and since we already have one on our stallion roster with Constitution it was ultimately too good of an opportunity to pass up for everyone involved, including the horse,” said WinStar President/Chief Executive Officer Elliott Walden. “Last year we visited the JBBA, and I was impressed with their facilities and overall program. They’ve done such a great job with American horses like Empire Maker and Forty Niner, and we hope Creator can have a similar impact for Japan and its breeders.”
Creator will retire with a 3-4-1 record in 12 starts, having earned over $1.6 million. He was trained by Steve Asmussen.
“I’m very proud of Creator,” said Asmussen. “His win in the Belmont Stakes really topped off a magical year for me and my family. I am appreciative of the opportunity to have trained a horse like him that proved he’s good enough to win a classic.”
Creator was originally purchased as a yearling by WinStar for $440,00 and was bred by Mt. Brilliant Broodmares.