The Florida Derby has turned out some quality Kentucky Derby contenders (and winners) over the years, and this 2015 field was no exception.
This year's winner, Materiality, put forth an impressive effort, besting would-be contenders Upstart (the heavily bet, even-money favorite) and Ami's Flatter.
The three-year-old Afleet Alex colt took home a whopping 100 Derby qualifying points, ensuring himself a spot in the Derby. Meanwhile, second-place finisher Upstart has also put himself in an outstanding position for a spot in the Derby field, earning 40 points for his finishing position.
Ami's Flatter, the third-place finisher, received 20 points toward a spot in the Derby for his efforts.
Both horses merit a close look moving forward.
Before we get to that, though, we'll take a look back on what was a memorable running of the Florida Derby, beginning with a quick look at the order of finish and payouts.
Order of Finish
For one last look at the rest of the field, I'll leave you with a look at the complete order of finish:
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Winner and Payouts
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This race proved to be exactly what oddsmakers and bettors thought it would be, a two-horse race. Outside of the two favorites (Materiality and Upstart), no horse in this field had a chance, and you can see their domination on full display in the video below:
After an opening quarter of 23.89 seconds, Materiality found himself in front of 60-1 shot Jack Tripp. However, after a 48.24-second half, Jack Tripp faded hard, leaving Materiality to duke it out in the front.
The two ran neck-and-neck through the 3/4 and mile marks, passing those milestones with times of 1:12.51 and 1:38.57.
The two horses dueled it out during the stretch run, but it was Materiality who proved more capable, holding off the Richard Violette-trained colt for a half-length victory. The young colt looked strong throughout the race and looked like he might have even had a few lengths left in him as the mob greeted him in the winner's circle.
Behind these two, it was the fourth choice, Ami's Flatter, who managed a third-place showing by a full three lengths.
Aside from the first- and second-place finishers, this race was a no-contest showing.