RUIDOSO DOWNS – Alto Racing LLC’s Materiality, the sixth-place finisher at the Kentucky Derby and whose owners have homes in Alto, has been retired from racing, according to a statement from Ruidoso Downs on Saturday.
Owned by Alto Racing’s Gil Moutray and Eddie Harrell, the Afleet Alex son retired with three wins from five starts and $686,028.
“He’s got a soft tissue injury which would require six months off and several months to get him back,” Moutray said. “There’s so much interest in him as a stud, we don’t feel like there’s much else to prove. He has the highest Beyer index (a speed rating) of the year for 3e-year-olds at 110. We’re the ones who are sad because we want to see him run, but for him it will be a great day when he goes to stud. He’ll have a great home and a great future.”
Materiality raced to prominence earlier this year as a 3-year-old after not racing as a 2-year-old. A $400,000 purchase as a two-year-old, he made his first three starts at Gulfstream Park in Florida. He won his maiden at first asking.
Trainer Todd Pletcher soon moved him up to the Grade 1 level and he responded with a 1.5-length win in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby. The win that placed him among the top Kentucky Derby contenders.
“There were a lot of horses leaving Florida to run at other places, scared of Upstart,” Moutray said. “But, Todd and all of us decided that if we can’t beat Upstart and run a quality race then perhaps we didn’t belong in the classics. He proved what a tremendous athlete he was in the stretch of that race.”
In the Kentucky Derby, he hesitated at the start and was buried behind a wall of horses. He did manage to rally from 13th position to a creditable sixth-place finish behind Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. “He was gaining,” Moutry said. “He just ran out of real estate.”
Materiality’s final start came in the Belmont Stakes, the final race in the Triple Crown. He finished a well-beaten eighth while American Pharoah who took the Triple Crown.
“Materiality was a strong, robust horse with a great disposition,” Pletcher said. “He had sprinter speed with the ability to carry that speed to 1 1/8 miles.”
“We didn’t win any of the classics but we had a load of fun and met a lot of great people. We’ve had a lot of interest in him. We’re just getting started with determining where he’s going to stand. We’ve had some offers and we’ll just see what happens,” Moutray said.