Much like another Todd Pletcher-trained horse – Carpe Diem – Materiality will not be starting the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday from the most favorable post position.
Carpe Diem will be in the No. 3 position for the race while Materiality is set to begin right next to him at No. 4. The good news is that Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby from that spot back in 2010, as have four others in the history of the first Triple Crown race.
[ Materiality had 14/1 Derby odds after the draw. Get the latest lines at Bovada ]
Materiality won the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28 behind Pletcher, who also won the Kentucky Derby in 2010 with Super Saver. Riding the Kentucky-bred bay colt will be jockey Javier Castellano, whose biggest victory came atop 2006 Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini.
His pedigree favors Materiality even though the odds may not. He is the son of Afleet Alex, who won two of three Triple Crown races 10 years ago. Unfortunately, the Kentucky Derby was not one of them, as Afleet Alex finished third there before going on to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes in dominating fashion. Bettors should end up getting a solid price on Materiality as well after he was as high as 9/1 on April 15.
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