According to the records at The Jockey Club, Grade 1 Florida Derby victor Materiality has been reported as deceased. The 4-year-old colt by Afleet Alex had been battling laminitis for the past year, treated by Dr. Scott Morrison, an equine podiatrist at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.
Bred by John Gunther in Kentucky, Materiality was sold at the Keeneland September Sale for $260,000, then sold again to bloodstock agent Steve Young at the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2-year-old in training sale for $400,000. He would race for the ownership group Alto Racing under the care of trainer Todd Pletcher, winning his first three starts, including the 2015 Florida Derby. Materiality went on to finish sixth in the Kentucky Derby, and eighth in the Belmont Stakes. He was retired in August of 2015 due to a soft-tissue injury sustained during training.
It is believed that the colt was owned by an insurance company at the time of his death, and that a loss of use claim was paid to the original owners. Despite repeated attempts by Paulick Report staff to learn of Materiality's condition earlier this year, no one connected with the horse would comment on the record.
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