thoroughbred racing

Materiality 2012-2016

Materiality winning the 2015 Florida Derby, Photo (X)


April 9, 2012- July 16, 2016 (?)

Materiality, the 2015 Florida Derby winner, was euthanized July 16 after a hard fought battle with laminitis (?). 

Materiality is by Afleet Alex, out of the Langfuhr mare Wildwood Flower. He was bred by John D. Gunther and owned by Alto Racing. He is also a half brother to the Gr.II winning My Miss Sophia. 

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the bay colt did not race until his sophomore season. He won his first race, and then won the Islamorada Handicap. He then went into the Gr.I Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park despite his inexperience, and won the race by 1 ½ lengths over Upstart, Ami’s Flatter, and Istaknockout. Meteriality went into the 2015 Kentucky Derby unbeaten in three starts, finishing sixth. Materiality skipped the Preakness to rest for the Belmont: finishing last in the field of eight while American Pharoah took the Triple Crown.

Shortly after the Belmont Stakes, Materiality developed a soft tissue injury. He retired with a record of 5:3-0-0 with earnings of $686,028. 

It is not known when exactly Materiality developed laminitis, as it was not made public and neither was his death. Materiality’s memorial will be updated as more information is discovered. 


It’s Preakness day! Today is the second leg of the Triple Crown! California Chrome is the heavy favorite, with morning-line odds of 3-5!

I met a new horse friend who almost looks like California Chrome–same white blaze on her face, but no white socks. (Plus with a perm.) We agreed that California Chrome is our pick to win. Social Inclusion might have had a chance if he hadn’t gotten post 8. With a fast track and California Chrome in post 3, none of the other horses stand much of a chance!

After our race talk, my new horse friend gave me a riding lesson!