Derby Contender Profile: Creator

05/07/2016 01:15 AM

Post Position: 3
Morning Line Odds: 10-1
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

Creator is a gray or roan colt by Tapit, foaled March 30, 2013 in Kentucky. Creator is one of three sons of Tapit entered in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Creator was purchased for $440,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling sale. Creator won Grade I Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park by 1 1⁄4 lengths over Suddenbreakingnews and Whitmore. Creator is No. 6 on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 110 points. The last gray to win the Kentucky Derby was Giacomo in 2005.

Creator is owned by WinStar Farm LLC, trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. Santana Jr. is from Panama City and came to the U.S. in 2009. Creator gave Santana his first Grade I triumph in the Arkansas Derby. Asmussen began training Thoroughbreds in 1986. He finished second in the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Nehro. Asmussen will be inducted into National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame in 2016.

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