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3yo Colt Afleet Alex Wildwood Flower
The typically front-running Materiality had his chances compromised when he hesitated at the break of the Kentucky Derby and was shuffled far back in the early stages before finding his stride to weave through horses in the stretch and rally to finish sixth, beaten less than eight lengths.
A bay son of 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex, Materiality was undefeated in three starts prior to the Derby after going unraced as a 2-year-old. He debuted with a 4 ½-length victory going 6 ½ furlongs on a sloppy, sealed track in January at Gulfstream Park.
He stayed in South Florida for his next two races, defeating stablemate Stanford in the Islamorada Handicap March 6 and coming back 22 days later with an impressive 1 ½-length triumph in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1), both going 1 1/8 miles.
Materiality earned triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in each of his stakes victories, and the 110 he was given in the Florida Derby was the highest of any 3-year-old this year, male or female, heading into the Run for the Roses.