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Todd Pletcher on the Verge of his 3,000th Training Win

Todd Pletcher heads into Saturday’s racing needing only one more winner to reach the 3,000 victory mark.  Pletcher began his training career as an assistant to Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas.  Pletcher took out his training license and went out on his own in December 1995. 
 
His first winner, Majestic Number, came in January of 1996.  On Saturday Pletcher has horses entered in seven races at Gulfstream and two races at Aqueduct. Interestingly his entry in race 4 at Gulfstream is also named Majestic Number.  Race 4 is a seven furlong maiden special weight for three year-olds.  This Majestic Number is listed at 6-1 on the morning line after running fourth in his first start at the Florida track on January 5, 2012.  The Officer colt was bought for $45,000 at the Ocala March 2011 sale for two year-olds.  The first Majestic Number was a filly by Polish Numbers.
 
1989-Pletcher graduates from the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona. Begins working for D. Wayne Lukas
1991-Named assistant trainer for Lukas
1995-Takes out trainer’s license
1996-First winner Majestic Number
1998-Leading Trainer at Saratoga
1999-Leading Trainer Belmont Spring
2001-Leading Trainer Belmont Fall, Leading Trainer Aqueduct Fall
2002-Leading trainer at Saratoga, Leading Trainer Belmont Spring, Leading Trainer Belmont Fall
2003-Leading trainer at Saratoga, Leading Trainer Belmont Spring, Leading Trainer Belmont Fall, Leading Trainer Aqueduct Fall
2004-Eclipse Award, Leading American Money winner, Leading trainer at Saratoga, Leading Trainer Belmont Spring, Leading Trainer Gulfstream
2005-Eclipse Award, Leading American Money winner, Leading trainer at Saratoga, Leading Trainer Belmont Fall, Leading Trainer Gulfstream, Leading Trainer Keeneland Spring
2006-Eclipse Award, Leading American Money winner, Leading trainer at Saratoga, Leading Trainer Belmont Fall, Leading Trainer Gulfstream
2007-Eclipse Award, Leading American Money winner, Leading Trainer Gulfstream, Leading Trainer Monmouth
2008-Leading Trainer Gulfstream, Leading Trainer Keeneland Spring
2009-Leading Trainer Belmont Fall, Leading Trainer Gulfstream, Leading Trainer Aqueduct Fall
2010-Eclipse Award, Leading American Money winner, Leading trainer at Saratoga, Leading Trainer Belmont Spring, Leading Trainer Gulfstream, Leading Trainer Monmouth, Leading Trainer Aqueduct Winter
2011-Leading American Money winner, Leading Trainer Belmont Spring, Leading Trainer Gulfstream, Leading Trainer Aqueduct Winter
 
It may not take long for Pletcher to win number 3,000.  He has the morning line 5-2 favorite in Gulfstream’s second race. Z Vilna makes his second start after placing in his debut where he raced wide and had a troubled start. In race 3, the promising three year-old Big Blue Nation makes his debut.  This colt finished third in last year’s G1 Hopeful. The great story would be if number 3,000 comes in race four with Majestic Number, the 2012 edition. Thunder Moccasin is the 7-5 favorite in the G2 Hutcheson after a blazing debut in December at Gulfstream. 

 

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UPDATE: Pletcher got win #3,000 in race 3 at GP and #3,001 was Majestic Number in race 4!
Good Luck I'll be watching and betting
seems like he was born to be trainer. what an accomplishment. congrats to Todd on a great career.
What an incredible career !
That's amazing. He has had such a great career thus far.
How crazy is that?!?

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In the 70’s I was another one of those kids that went to the track with their fathers, and I immediately became enthralled with the excitement and challenges of handicapping.  And then the charisma and dominance of Secretariat gave me a hero to follow. To this day, I still get emotional when I hear Chic Anderson’s call of the 1973 Belmont, “Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine”.

 
There have been many great horses run at the shore. In 1976 I watched Majestic Light win the Monmouth Invitational, now the Haskell, in track record time, defeating Honest Pleasure, the big favorite who was in from New York.  This was one of my first big wins at the track.
 
In the 80’s, as a disciple of Andy Beyer, I made my own speed figures because they were not available to the public. Needless to say I visited Monmouth frequently to test out the “figs”.
 
The 90’s allowed me to learn about the backstretch as a part owner of a few claimers that were stabled at Philadelphia Park.  Not a typical owner, I mucked stalls, cooled out the horses, and watched morning works.  Also, I met my wife and discovered that her grandfather bred, owned, and raced thoroughbreds on the West Virginia, Maryland circuit.  Today our office is decorated with winner’s circle pictures and a vast collection of Kentucky Derby glasses.
 
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