The 147th Belmont Stakes takes place this Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The Belmont Stakes official start time is 6:50 pm ET. There are several Contenders in the event, including Materiality, who has been installed as 6/1 Odds to win the race.
Materiality's Record: 3-0-0 in 4 Races. Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Jockey: John Velazquez. Sire: Afleet Alex. Dam: Wildwood Flower. Best Beyer Speed: 110
Materiality has drawn the 3rd slot in the gate. He is trained under Todd Pletcher, who did win the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver back in 2010. Pletcher ranks second by Kentucky Derby starters with 40, trailing only living-legend D. Wayne Lukas and he has five horses in this race. Pletcher has won 7 Eclipse Awards (Top Trainer) and has been the top money winner by conditioner 9 times since 2004. This year he is ranked 4th in wins by a trainer with 74 and overall in his career he has 3373 wins overall in his career.
Materiality will be ridden by John Velazquez, who has compiled 5329 wins in his career, including 75 this year. John won his first Triple Crown race aboard filly Rags to Riches in the 2007 Belmont Stakes and he also won the 2004 and 2005 Eclipse Award for most outstanding jockey. Velazquez was also the top money winning jockey in North America in 2014.
Materiality is one of Todd Pletcher's assassin that was left out of the Preakness just to prepare for this race in hope of knocking off a Triple Crown hopeful. He just might be a horse to watch here as he has very good speed and has won 3 of his 4 races in his career so far. While the lone loss came in the Kentucky Derby, he ran a fast last quarter-mile and rallied to finish sixth in that race. That's a good sign going into the Belmont Stakes. Materiality is worth a shot here.
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Beating the Belmont for Beginners
Steve Fezzik and Teddy Covers are pro bettors, but both admit they aren't much for horse racing betting. They say that isn't a requirement to bet the Belmont though. Since American Pharoah is going for the Triple Crown, something we haven't seen since Affirmed in 1978, simply bet the field to win and you'll succeed. There have been 12 Triple Crown Contenders in the past 20 years and none of them have won, so the guys are more than comfortable to take the "no-win" bet on American Pharoah. Avoid the media hype about the special horse, there are too many horse "assassins" in the field and history shows it is a bad bet.