Todd Pletcher

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    Todd Pletcher
    Todd Pletcher
    record at keeneland
    total wins:197
    stakes wins:48
    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 October 2015):

    • Ranks second all time by career stakes wins (48) and fifth by wins (195).
    • Leading trainer four times (Spring 2005, 2008 and 2015; Fall 2014 in a tie with Graham Motion).
    • Won three stakes during during 2015 Spring Meet: Toyota Blue Grass (G1) with Carpe Diem, Maker's 46 Mile (G1) with Jack Milton and Ben Ali (G3) with Protonico.
    • Three-time winner of Toyota Blue Grass (G1): Carpe Diem (2015), Monba (2008) and Bandini (2005).
    • Three-time winner of the Juddmonte Spinster (G1): Got Lucky (2015), In Lingerie (2012) and Panty Raid (2007).
    • Five-time winner of the Coolmore Lexington (G2): Winning Cause (2013), Exhi (2010), Advice (2009), Behindatthebar (2008) and Coin Silver (2005).
    • Won the 2015 Hagyard Fayette (G2) with Race Day on Oct. 30, the first of the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships. The same day, he won the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) with Liam's Map and the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) with Stopchargingmaria.
    • Won first Keeneland race during the 1996 Fall Meet.
    • First Keeneland stakes win was the 1996 Valley View with Turkappeal.

    Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1):

    Year

    Horse

    Finish

    2015 Carpe Diem Won

    2014

    Gala Award

    6th

    2014

    Vinceremos

    14th

    2013

    Palace Malice

    2nd

    2013

    Charming Kitten

    3rd

    2012

    Heavy Breathing

    7th

    2011

    Queen’splatekitten

    7th

    2011

    Praetereo

    11th

    2011

    Sensational Slam

    12th

    2010

    Interactif

    4th

    2010

    Aikenite

    8th

    2009

    Join in the Dance

    5th

    2008

    Monba

    Won

    2008

    Cowboy Cal

    2nd

    2006

    Bluegrass Cat

    4th

    2005

    Bandini

    Won

    2004

    Limehouse

    3rd

    2003

    Lion Tamer

    6th

    2001

    Invisible Ink

    4th

    2000

    More Than Ready

    2nd

    1998

    Ian’s Thunder

    4th

     

    Career:

    • Record seven Eclipse Awards winner as outstanding trainer: 2004-2007, 2010, 2013-2014.
    • 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 (9): 2015 Dirt Mile (G1) with Liam's Map; 2015 Distaff (G1) with Stopchargingmaria; 2012 Juvenile (G1) with Shanghai Bobby; 2010 Juvenile (G1) with Uncle Mo; 2010 Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) with More Than Real; 2010 Juvenile Turf (G1) with Pluck; 2007 Turf (G1) with English Channel; 2004 Distaff (G1) with Ashado; 2004 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, 2014. The win, worth $180,000, pushed Pletcher’s career earnings to $268.5 million to surpass those of his mentor, D. Wayne Lukas. 
    • Scored his 4,000th victory on March 18, 2016, when WinStar Farm's Eagle Scout won the fifth race at Gulfstream Park.
    • Career earnings exceed $311 million through mid-March 2016. 
    • Won four graded stakes on Feb. 7, 2015: Withers (G3) with Far From Over at Aqueduct and, at Gulfstream Park, the Donn (G1) with Constitution, Gulfstream Park Handicap (G1) with Mshawish and Suwannee River (G3) with Sandiva (IRE).
    • Won four stakes on Oct. 30, 2015: Awad at Belmont with Mountain Music Man and, at Keeneland, the Hagyard Fayette (G2) with Race Day, and the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Dirt Mile with Stopchargingmaria and Liam’s Map, respectively.
    • Leading trainer at Saratoga, Gulfstream Park winter meet and Belmont spring meet.
    • In 2014, North America's leading trainer by earnings $22,476,736 while sixth in victories with 240. Grade 1 highlights included the Metropolitan (Palace Malice), Arkansas Derby (Danza), Florida Derby (Constitution) and Coaching Club American Oaks (Stopchargingmaria).
    • Posted his 1,000th career stakes win on Sept. 1, 2014, at Parx Racing with Protonico in the Smarty Jones Stakes.
    • 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 nine times (2004-2007, 2010-2014), 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 2014), Belmont Park (14 times), Aqueduct (five times), Monmouth (2007) and Gulfstream Park (11 times, including 2014).

    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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