After his workout Saturday morning going four furlongs in 48.85, the Florida Derby winner stubbed his toe going back into his stall and has been retired.
Materiality is by Afleet Alex out of a Langfuhr mare Wildwood Flower and was purchased for $400,000 as a two year old. His biggest accomplishment is a controversial win in the Florida Derby over Kentucky Derby last place finisher Upstart, and has earned $686,028. His sixth place finish in the Derby was due to him having a rough trip and not the lead he wanted, but in the his last race he was an easy second for the first half mile and was empty for the remainder of the race finishing behind such talented horses like Tale of Verve and Frammento.
“He’s a pretty cool horse, I’m very disappointed to have an injury like this happen. This isn’t something you can just bounce back from, so I talked with the owners and we agreed retiring him was the best call for the horse,” trainer Todd Pletcher said this morning, famous for his Grade One-And-Done training style.
After speaking with WinStar CEO Kenny Troutt, he mentioned how much they enjoy getting stallions who really don’t need to be retired. Recently their horse Carpe Diem had a knee chip removed, but figured he had nothing left to prove on the track and retired him. “Yeah, Carpe Diem is a duel GI-winner with over a million dollars to his name, you just don’t see that type of stallion on the market.”
Including Carpe Diem, WinStar currently stands 13 stallions who are Grade One winning millionaires including Drosselmeyer, Overanalyze and Take Charge Indy.
“We really think Materiality will bring in some good mares,” Troutt added, “at least for a few years before he gets demoted down to Florida or California or something.”