Materiality Might Be a Horse Betting Opportunity in Belmont Park

Posted by Alex Murphy on June 5, 2015 in

Making a winning bet in horse racing is the same as in any sport, in that you try to look for trends that might point you in the direction of a winning ticket. In the case of the Belmont Stakes, recent history has shown that horse who raced in the Kentucky Derby, but who then skipped the Preakness, are the ones that tend to come out on top in the final leg of the Triple Crown. Materiality has a chance to add to that trend this coming Saturday at Belmont Park.

Why Materiality Might Be a Horse Betting Opportunity in Belmont Park?

Owner: Alto Racing LLC
Breeder:  John D. Gunther
Trainer:  Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez



Materiality is another horse that has strong connections to the Belmont Stakes. His father, Afleet Alex, won the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness back in 2005. Materiality did not race at all when he was 2, but quickly made his mark as a 3-year old by winning his first three starts at Gulfstream Park. The big win among those three was the Grade 1 Florida Derby, which was followed up with a trip to Kentucky for the Derby. Materiality wasn’t really much of a factor in the big race, finishing in 6th, almost 8 lengths off the pace of winner American Pharoah. If anything can be taken from his start in the Derby, it’s that he finished strongly, which is something he is going to need on Saturday when running the grueling mile and a half at the Belmont Stakes.

Trainer Todd Pletcher will be looking for his third Belmont Stakes win when he brings Materiality to Belmont Park. His most recent winner of the Belmont was Palace Malice (2013), a horse who followed the familiar route of skipping the Preakness after racing in the Kentucky Derby. Pletcher has also had 4 other horses finish second at the Belmont Stakes, so there can be no denying that this is a trainer who knows how to get the job done at this track. John Velazquez will be aboard Materiality this weekend, and will be looking to replicate the success that he had in this race back in 2007, when he rode Rags to Riches to victory.

Final Betting Remarks

While Materiality has to be considered among the favorites, the chances of him pulling the upset do not seem that great. He is up against the best 3-year old in racing, as well as Frosted, another big closing horse who skipped the Preakness to be fresh for this one. Not a likely winner, but a good shot at getting in the money.