06/13/2016 4:16PM

The week that was in racing, June 6-12, 2016

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Michael Amoruso
Creator wins the Belmont Stakes

Here's a collection of some of the biggest stories in horse racing, all in one place. Unless noted, all of the links here are to free stories on DRF.com.

Creator noses out Destin to win the Belmont

WinStar Farm’s Creator needed every inch of the 12 furlongs to catch Destin at the wire, winning the 148th Belmont Stakes by a nose Saturday. Post-time favorite and Preakness winner Exaggerator was empty and could only muster an 11th-place finish. The race means there was a different winner in each leg of the Triple Crown for the first time since 2013, which means that the second half of the year looks wide open in the race for the top 3-year-old.

Frosted powers clear in impressive Met Mile romp

After a fifth-place finish behind California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup in March, Frosted was making his first North American start as a 4-year-old in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park. It also was his first start at Belmont since witnessing the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, five lengths behind American Pharoah. In the Met Mile, Frosted broke out of the shadow of those past two Derby winners with an authoritative victory, more than 14 lengths clear of second-place finisher Anchor Down.

Flintshire flaunts his class in winning Manhattan

The Flintshire based in New York with trainer Chad Brown looks every bit as strong as the Flintshire based for three years in France with trainer Andre Fabre. Moved to the United States by Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms to be based with Brown this year, Flintshire delivered a scintillating performance Saturday while making his first start since Dec. 13, winning the Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths.

Cavorting aces stamina test in Ogden Phipps Stakes

Cavorting earned the right to be called the leader of the East Coast older female handicap division with a convincing 2 1/2-length victory over Forever Unbridled and a star-studded field in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Carina Mia rallies to win Acorn Stakes

Carina Mia raced on the lead in her first four starts but changed tactics after not breaking well to win the Grade 2 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs in early May. On Saturday in the Grade 1 Acorn, she came from off the pace again, this time rallying from last to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Celestine just misses course record in Just a Game Stakes

Bill Mott won his third stakes and his second Grade 1 of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival when Celestine parlayed a beautiful stalking trip into a 3 3/4-length victory. Mott won the $196,000 Belmont Coronation Invitational with Suffused on Thursday, the first day of the festival, and on Saturday won the Grade 1, $700,000 Acorn with Carina Mia and the Grade 1, $700,000 Just a Game with Celestine.

Trainer Lynch suspended; Private Zone forced to scratch

Private Zone, the morning-line favorite for last Friday’s Grade 2 True North Stakes at Belmont Park was forced to scratch after trainer Brian Lynch tested positive for marijuana. Lynch apologized for failing the test and vowed to get his license reinstated as soon as possible.

Jockey Russell Baze to retire

Russell Baze, the all-time winningest rider in U.S. Thoroughbred racing history, will announce his retirement Tuesday, according to a post on the Paulick Report, a racing website.

Horses to watch

Santa Anita:
SUPER ECHELON
Trainer: Keith Desormeaux
Last race: June 10, 5th
Finish: 7th by 7 1/4
Beyer: 42
Off slowly from the rail, this 2-year-old colt showed late interest in a debut that was a whole lot better than his finish position. By underproductive sire Gio Ponti, this colt has ability.

DRF Plus subscribers can see the rest of Brad Free’s horses to watch from last week by clicking here.

reporting by Jim Dunleavy, David Grening, Marcus Hersh, Mike Hogan, Jay Privman, Mike Watchmaker, and Mike Welsch

Robert Walton More than 1 year ago
"this colt has ability"  Why?  Because  the writer says so but offers no evidence.
DRFFormulator More than 1 year ago
Brad has written books on handicapping. Just saying...