Belmont Stakes Runner-Up Destin Returning From Nine-Month Layoff

Twin Creeks Racing and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Destin, runner-up in the 2016 Belmont Stakes, is preparing to return from a nine-month layoff in an allowance race Sunday at Belmont Park. Most recently, the Todd Pletcher trainee finished ninth in the Aug. 27 Travers. According to, the son of Giant’s Causeway has turned in seven timed workouts in preparation for his 4-year-old debut.

“We’re ready to get him back going,” said Twin Creeks’ Randy Gullatt. “He had a long campaign last year and around the Travers he just seemed to be tailing off, so we decided to give him a vacation. We’re taking it one step at a time with him this year. We’ll see how this first race goes. Hopefully it will get us on track for something important this summer.”

Winner of the G3 Sam F. Davis and G2 Tampa Bay Derby, which he followed up with a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Destin is also a full brother Grade 1 winner Creative Cause. The colt has won three of his nine career starts to post earnings of just over $ 730,000 so far.


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