Todd Pletcher

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Todd Pletcher the trainer of Sam P,Circular Quay,Scat Daddy,Cowtown Cat and Any Given Saturday is looks on during the morning training for the 133rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2007 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Todd Pletcher trained four of the 20 horses who ran the 2007 Kentucky Derby. He secured a sixth position in the race with the popular Circular Quay, as well as taking eight place with Any Given Saturday and ninth with Sam P. His Scat Daddy took a rather disappointing 18th position, and his Cowtown Cat took last position in the race.

Between 2004 and 2006, Todd Pletcher won three consecutive Eclipse Awards as Trainer of the Year. In those years, he was also the top annual money leader for trainers. In 2006, he broke the all-time earnings record of $19,147,129 set in 2003 by Bobby Frankel. He has trained champion horses Ashado, Flower Alley and Bandini.

In 2004, Todd Pletcher’s filly Ashado won the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs and went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Ashado’s stablemate, Speightstown, earned Pletcher a second Breeders’ Cup win in 2004 in the Sprint division.

In 2005, horses trained by Todd Pletcher won a remarkable total of ten Grade 1 races. Included in these were Flower Alley’s win in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga and a win by Bandini in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

In 2007, Todd Pletcher’s Rag to Riches became the first filly since 1905 to win the Belmont Stakes, third leg of the Triple Crown.

He trained both Monba and Cowboy Cal for the 2008 Kentucky Derby, however, it was not his year as they came in at  9th and 20th place, but given his amazing track record, Todd Pletcher is definately a top trainer to look out for.

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