Todd Pletcher

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    Todd Pletcher
    record at keeneland
    total wins:173
    stakes wins:41
    First Grade 1 Win:
    1998 Mother Goose at Belmont Park with Jersey Girl.
    First Stakes Win:
    1996 John McSorley at Monmouth Park with Stu’s Choice.
    First Graded Stakes Win:
    1998 Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Sprint Championship (G3) with Rare Rock.
    First Career Win:
    Feb. 25, 1996, at Gulfstream Park with Majestic Number.
    Born:
    June 26, 1967 in Dallas, Texas
    Biography:

    At Keeneland (through Spring 2014):

    • Ranks second by career stakes wins (40) and fifth by wins (168).
    • Leading trainer twice (Spring 2005 and 2008).
    • Won the 2013 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) with We Miss Artie.
    • Two-time winner of Toyota Blue Grass (G1) – 2008 with Monba and 2005 with Bandini.
    • Two-time winner of the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) – 2012 with In Lingerie and 2007 with Panty Raid.
    • Five-time winner of the Coolmore Lexington (G2) – 2013 with Winning Cause, 2010 with Exhi, 2009 with Advice, 2008 with Behindatthebar and 2005 with Coin Silver.
    • Won first Keeneland race during the 1996 Fall Meet.
    • First Keeneland stakes win was the 1996 Valley View with Turkappeal.
    • Won the 2014 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) with Unitarian.

    Career:

    • Record six Eclipse Awards winner as outstanding trainer – 2004-2007, 2010 and 2013.
    • Triple Crown wins (3): 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) with Super Saver; 2007 Belmont (G1) with filly Rags to Riches and 2013 Belmont with Palace Malice.
    • Breeders’ Cup wins (7): Juvenile (G1) – 2012 with Shanghai Bobby and 2010 with Uncle Mo; 2010 Juvenile Turf (G2) with Pluck and Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) with More Than Real; 2007 Turf (G1) with English Channel; and 2004 Distaff (G1) with Ashado and Sprint (G1) with Speightstown.
    • Became Thoroughbred racing’s all-time leading trainer by earnings when Jack Milton won the $300,000 Poker (G3) at Belmont on May 26. The win, worth $180,000, pushed Pletcher’s career earnings to $268.5 million to surpass those of his mentor, D. Wayne Lukas. Pletcher has more than 3,500 wins in his career.
    • Topped the North American earnings list in 2013 with $25,248,816 while winning 224 races to rank fifth. In addition to winning the Belmont (G1) with Palace Malice and the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity with We Miss Artie, other Grade 1 winners were Princess of Sylmar (Kentucky Oaks, Alabama, Beldame Invitational, Coaching Club American Oaks); Verrazano (Haskell Invitational and Wood Memorial); Cross Traffic (Whitney Invitational); Overanalyze (Arkansas Derby); Graydar (Donn); and Capo Bastone (King’s Bishop),
    • North America’s leading trainer by earnings eight times (2004-2007, 2010-2013), including a record $28.1 million in 2007.
    • Trained Canadian champion Archer’s Bay (1998), and Eclipse Award winners Left Bank (2002); Ashado (2004-2005); Speightstown (2004); Fleet Indian and Wait a While (2006); Rags to Riches, English Channel and Lawyer Ron (2007); Uncle Mo (2010); and Shanghai Bobby (2012).
    • Topped the North American earnings list in 2012 with $20,954,322 while his stable won 233 races to rank third.
    • Topped the 2011 earnings list with $17,186,956 while his stable won 254 races to rank third.
    • Won 3,000th race on Feb. 11, 2011, at Gulfstream Park with Spring Hill Farm; won 2,000th race on Jan. 13, 2008, at Santa Anita.
    • Leading trainer by wins at Saratoga (10 times, including 2013), Belmont Park (13 times), Aqueduct (five times), Monmouth (2007) and Gulfstream Park (10 times, including 2013). Has been top trainer in New York four times (2003-2004, 2010-2011).

    Background:

    Todd Pletcher grew up around racing as his father, J.J. Pletcher, trained Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds throughout the West, Southwest and Midwest. He spent summers working for his father, who encouraged him to become a trainer. His father now operates Payton Training Center near Ocala, Fla.

    Between his junior and senior years of high school, Pletcher worked for trainer Henry Moreno in Southern California. While attending the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, he worked for D. Wayne Lukas between his sophomore and junior years and for Charlie Whittingham the following summer. After graduating with an animal science degree in 1989, Todd went to work for Lukas in New York under Lukas’ son, Jeff. By 1991, he was promoted to assistant trainer, splitting his time between Florida and New York.

    Todd went out on his own in December 1995 after 6 1/2 years with Lukas.

 

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