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CRAWFORD | Materiality, who finished sixth in 2015 Derby, retired after injury

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Todd Pletcher's Materiality galloped around the Belmont Park training track in preparation for the Belmont Stakes. He was retired on Saturday. (AP photo | Julie Jacobson) Todd Pletcher's Materiality galloped around the Belmont Park training track in preparation for the Belmont Stakes. He was retired on Saturday. (AP photo | Julie Jacobson)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Florida Derby winner Materiality has suffered a soft tissue injury in training and is being retired, according to a statement from his owners on Saturday.

The Todd Pletcher-trained colt was considered a serious Kentucky Derby contender after posting the highest speed figure for a 3-year-old this year in the Florida Derby, but finished a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby after encountering traffic problems throughout.

He came back to test American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes, going off as the 6-1 third choice, but finished last.

“Materiality was a very special racehorse, winning from six furlongs to 1 1/8 miles against the best of his generation,” Steven W. Young, bloodstock adviser for Alto Racing, Materiality's owner, said in a statement. “He is a good-looking individual and we expect the breeders will like him as much as we do. His Florida Derby remains the highest Beyer figure for a 3-year old this year.”

Pletcher said, “Materiality was a strong, robust horse with a great disposition. He had sprinter speed with the ability to carry that speed to 1 1/8 miles.”

Plans for his stallion career have not been announced.

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