With all the hoopla surrounding the Triple Crown bid being made by American Pharoah at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, it’s easy to forget that there are 7 other horses in the race that he will need to beat in order to get the win and make history. There are a couple of genuine contenders, with the remaining horses most likely relegated to fighting for a share of the money. This is horse racing betting, though, and stranger things have happened.
In Depth Analysis on the Horse Racing Betting Predicition on Mubtaahij Win At Belmont
Mubtaahij blew out 3f in :37.61 Thursday a.m. at Belmont Park pic.twitter.com/x1OHB8EAyn
— Steve Sherack (@SteveSherackTDN) June 4, 2015
It’s fair to say that Irish-bred Mubtaahij (Arabic for “elated”) has had the longest, some might say strangest, journey to the Belmont Stakes. This seemingly unremarkable colt started his racing career at Newmarket in England, where he showed very little in his first two starts as a 2-year old. Things started to change dramatically when he was shipped over to the UAE to race. He ran great during the winter season in Dubai, and ended with a Group 2 win in the UAE Derby at the end of March. It was his performance in that race which prompted the trainer and ownership group to add him to the Kentucky Derby field. While never really a major factor, Mubtaahij earned a respectable 8th place finish. After the race, the decision was made to hold him out of the Preakness so that he would be fresh and ready for an assault in the mile and a half race at Belmont Park.
It would make sense that a horse that has multiple international connections would have a trainer who has gained a solid reputation for training horses all over the world. There are a number of big name trainers in the US who are now household names, but South African born Mike De Kock is a trainer that even diehard racing fans might have a hard time recognizing.
One connection that US racing fans will be familiar with is he jockey who will be aboard Mubtaahij in the Belmont Stakes. Irad Ortiz Jr. was the leading jockey in the New York racing circuit in 2014, and this will be his second start in the Belmont Stakes. He rode Incognito to a 4th place finish back in 2013. He will have his work cut out for him getting this one in the money, but given that the horse is something of an unknown commodity in this part of the world, he could prove to be a surprise package.