LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 11, 2017)On the first Saturday in May, seven-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher recorded his second victory in the Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Yum! Brands with Keeneland September Yearling Sale Graduate Always Dreaming. Pletcher’s career includes a number of major wins with September Sale graduates, including two runnings of the Belmont (G1) with Rags to Riches (2007) and Palace Malice (2013). He has won Breeders’ Cup races with September Sale graduates Ashado, English Channel, Liam’s Map, Shanghai Bobby, Stopchargingmaria and Uncle Mo.
“It’s really important to our organization and the racing world in general,” Pletcher said about the September Sale while inspecting yearlings Monday morning with a team including his father, J.J. “We do most of our yearling buying here and look forward to the sale every year. This sale is the biggest pool of talent in American racing, so you’ll see a lot of big-time horses coming from here.”
Other 2017 September Sale alumni in Pletcher’s barn include Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) winner American Patriot, Suburban (G2) winner Keen Ice, Dania Beach (G3) winner Made You Look and Greenwood Cup (G3) winner Madefromlucky.