Materiality: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Materiality is one of 3 Todd Pletcher-trained horses in the Kentucky Derby. (Getty)

Materiality is one of 3 Todd Pletcher-trained horses in the Kentucky Derby. (Getty)

With championship pedigree and an award-winning trainer, Materiality is a horse who can make some noise in Saturday’s 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

But with a new jockey and a deep field, can the colt overcome the two heavy favorites – Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah and Dortmund?

Well so far in his young career, all Materiality has done is win. And Todd Pletcher hopes he can do it again and get the trainer is second Derby victory.

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Here’s what you need to know about Materiality:

1. Materiality Is Trained by Todd Pletcher

Trainer Todd Pletcher (Getty)

Trainer Todd Pletcher (Getty)

Trainer Todd Pletcher started with 4 horses in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, but Stanford has been scratched.

His three horses competing in the 141st Run for the Roses are Materiality, Carpe Diem and Itsaknockout.

Pletcher has 3 Triple Crown wins, including the 2010 Derby with Super Saver.

2. His Father Is Afleet Alex

Materiality comes from great Pedigree as his sire was Afleet Alex.

Afleet Alex won the 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

His mother is Wildwood Flower, who came in third in 2 races in 2004.

3. Materiality Has a New Jockey For the Derby

Javier Castellano will be Materiality’s jockey for the Kentucky Derby.

But John Velazquez had been riding the colt in his earlier races. Velazquez is riding Carpe Diem in Saturday’s Derby. Carpe Diem is another Pletcher horse.

4. The Colt Is Unbeaten



Materiality has raced just 3 times, but has won them all.

The colt has won the Besilu Stables Florida Derby (Gr. 1), the Islamorada Handicap and the Maiden Special Weight – all at Gulfstream Park this year.

Materiality has earned $656,000.

5. Materiality Is Owned by Alto Racing



Alto Racing LLC is a graded stakes winner, with 5 victories since 2013.

2015 Besilu Stables Florida Derby (Gr. 1) – Materiality
2014 Cliff Hanger Stakes (Gr. 3) – Winning Cause
2014 Old Hat Stakes (Gr. 3) – Sweet Whiskey
2013 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Gr. 3) – Winning Cause
2013 Noble Damsel Stakes (Gr. 3) – Peace Preserver

Alto Racing is a partnership between Harrell Racing and Seven Rivers.

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