Belmont Stakes Contenders: Protective

Protective, a maiden trained by Todd Pletcher with solid stamina bloodlines and consistent performances in graded stakes at Aqueduct, is a contender for the Belmont Stakes.

Protective, although still a maiden, has shown promise in his four-lifetime starts. In the Wood Memorial, he finished 3¾ lengths behind winner Resilience and 1½ lengths behind Society Man. Despite not having a win, his steady performances in graded stakes suggest he has the potential to compete at a high level.

Saratoga Race Course will host the 156th Belmont Stakes (G1) on Saturday, June 8. The race, now 1 ¼ miles instead of the usual 1 ½ miles due to Belmont Park’s reconstruction, is the concluding event of the Triple Crown series.


Betting Analysis 

For those looking to bet on horses, Protective presents an interesting option with Belmont Stakes odds at 20-1. Although he hasn’t secured a victory yet, his consistent placements and strong pedigree make him a contender worth considering. However, bettors should note that he has only managed third and fourth-place finishes in his two-turn races.

Trainer Todd Pletcher, a veteran with multiple Belmont wins, believes in Protective’s potential. Pletcher’s success with horses like Rags to Riches and Mo Donegal in the Belmont Stakes adds credibility to his decision to enter Protective. 

Despite being a maiden, Protective’s performances in graded stakes demonstrate his capability to compete against the leading 3-year-olds at this distance.


Race Details

– Post Position: 7Belmont Stakes Contender Protective

– Odds: 20-1

– Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

– Trainer: Todd Pletcher

– Owner: Repole Stable

– Career Record: 4-0-1-2

– Career Earnings: $121,920

– Most Recent Race: Peter Pan Stakes, May 11 (3rd)

– Top Equibase Speed Figure: 98

– Pedigree: Medaglia d’Oro – Grace Hall, by Empire Maker

– Color: Dark bay or brown

– Running Style: Stalker/closer


Owned by Repole Stable, Protective is part of a well-regarded operation known for its success in the racing industry. Repole, a New York City native, is passionate about the Belmont Stakes and has a sharp sense of humor, often sharing his racing insights and predictions. 


His confidence in Protective, alongside stablemate Mindframe, highlights the potential he sees in his horses for this race. Protective stands out as a unique contender. With solid attractive longshot odds and a promising pedigree, Protective could surprise many in this year’s final leg of the Triple Crown. Bettors looking to bet on horses should keep an eye on this maiden with potential.


2024 Belmont Stakes Odds and Contenders
1Seize The GreyJaime TorresD. Wayne LukasMyRacehorse8-1
2ResilienceJunior AlvaradoBill MottEmily Bushnell & Ric Waldman10-1
3Mystik DanBrian Hernandez, Jr.Kenneth McPeekLance Gasaway, 4 G Racing LLC & Daniel Hamby III5-1
4The Wine StewardManny FrancoMike MakerParadise Farms Corp. and Staudacher, David15-1
5AntiquarianJohn VelazquezTodd PletcherCentennial Farms12-1
6DornochLuis SaezDanny GarganWest Paces Racing LLC, R. A. Hill Stable, Belmar Racing and Breeding LLC,   Two Eight Racing LLC & Pine Racing Stable15-1
7ProtectiveTyler GaffalioneTodd PletcherRepole Stable20-1
8Honor MarieFlorent GerouxWhit BeckmanRibble Farms LLC12-1
9Sierra LeoneFlavien PratChad BrownMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael B., Smith, Derrick, Westerberg, Rocket   Ship Racing, LLC and Brant, Peter M.9-5
10MindframeIrad Ortiz, Jr.Todd PletcherRepole Stable and St. Elias Stables LLC7-2