2016 Belmont Stakes Results
The 2016 Belmont Stakes was focused almost entirely on Exaggerator. The favorite opened at 9-5 but was eventually bet down to a 7-5 preference by players and oddsmakers alike. With Nyquist sidelined by injury, this was a stage all unto Exaggerator.
Unfortunately, he never found the spotlight.
Gettysburg took the field out as a 55-1 longshot, trailed closely by Destin who settled at 8-1 as one of the outside choices. Another 55-1 longshot was tracking in third in the form of Seeking The Soul.
Not to be outdone, 7-5 favorite Exaggerator battled at the head of the pack along with 17-1 longshot Governor Malibu and Stradivari, who was a 6-1 top choice. Though many tried to pass him, Gettysburg held on to maintain a solid lead throughout the Belmont Stakes until the final turn.
That’s when Destin made his move and looked to be well on his way to a surprise win as Exaggerator fell off the pace dramatically and Gettysburg ran out of steam. Destin hurled himself down the homestretch and seemed to open a strong lead. But then, literally out of nowhere, Creator came thundering through the middle to barely catch Destin as the two produced a pulse pounding finish. Ultimately it was Creator who edged out Destin by a nose.
Creator paid a whopping $34.80, $14.60 and $9.40 across the board as a 10-1 outside shot. Destin delivered $9.40 and $6.20 in second while Lani was a shocking third place finisher worth $6.60.
Governor Malibu was fourth, followed by Stradivari, Brody’s Cause, Cherry Wine and Gettysburg.
Exaggerator fell off the pace all the way to 11th, leading many to wonder what happened to the fighting spirit we had seen at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
It was truly a day of surprises, with an unexpected end to a truly bizarre 2016 Triple Crown season that saw as many ups and downs as we’ve ever seen in the history of this series.