10/01/2016 3:04PM

Materiality euthanized due to laminitis

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Barbara D. Livingston
Materiality won the 2015 Florida Derby.

Materiality, the winner of the Grade 1 Florida Derby in 2015, was euthanized in July due to complications from laminitis, according to Steve Young, racing manager for Alto Racing, which owned the colt.

Materiality, trained by Todd Pletcher, had been retired in July 2015 after coming out of a workout at Saratoga with a physical issue. He was vanned to Lexington, Ky., and ultimately spent several months at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, where he was being treated for laminitis.

Earlier this year, Materiality was moved to Scott Morrison’s farm – Morrison is an equine podiatrist at Rood and Riddle – where the horse continued to fight the deadly disease before succumbing on July 26.

“He developed laminitis after getting to Kentucky,” Young said Saturday at Belmont Park. “He was treated at Rood and Riddle and later by Dr. Scott Morrison. He had nothing but good days, but in the end, he didn’t make it. He had lots of terrific people at the clinic that tried to save his life.”

Materiality, a son of Afleet Alex and a half-brother to the graded stakes winner My Miss Sophia, won his first two starts by a combined 10 lengths. He then won the Florida Derby by 1 1/2 lengths over Upstart. He finished sixth behind American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby and then ran last in the Belmont Stakes.

“He’s as good a horse as I was ever around,” said Young, who picked the horse out of the 2014 Timonium sale of 2-year-olds in training for $400,000.

 

Frank More than 1 year ago
sad to hear this many months after -- obviously they were hiding something...

Its a shame for this horse -- he never had a chance to develop -- they rushed him through the triple crown series and basically destroyed him.   First race was in Jan and his last was the belmont -- he was barely just 3yrs old when they ruined him.

Like I say most all people in this sport are gutter garbage...
MollyJulia624 More than 1 year ago
Chad Brown Soon Will Be Taking Over For Todd Pletcher?
Nathan More than 1 year ago

another pletcher trainee bites the dust.

anyone keeping score?

of all his promising 3 year olds starting their 3 year old years, over the last 3years, how many others have bit the dust?  please name one that is still racing.

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Julie Hertz More than 1 year ago
RIP BEAUTIFUL BOY,IM SO SORRY YOU DEVELOPED THIS HORRIBLE CONDITION BUT I NO YOU DIDNT DESERVE TO SUFFER,SO IM RELIEVED TO NO YOU DIDNT HAVE TO SUFFER LONG.I PRAY THEY FIND A CURE FOR THIS HORRIBLE CONDITION. .SAY HI TO SECRETARIAT FOR ME.I LOVE YOU BOTH.