Happy 50th Birthday, Todd Pletcher

Happy 50th Birthday, Todd Pletcher
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

Seven-time Eclipse Award-winning Outstanding Trainer Todd Pletcher celebrates his 50th birthday today, June 26, 2017. In recognition of Pletcher’s ‘big five-oh’, here is a timeline of major achievements in the life of one of North America’s most successful conditioners.

1967 – born June 26, in Dallas, TX

1985 – graduated James Madison High School in San Antonio, TX

1989 – graduated the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, begins working for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas

1995 – began training on his own in December

1996 – trained his first winner, Majestic Number, at Gulfstream Park on January 26

1997 – won his first New York stakes race with Jersey Girl in the Astoria

1998 – won his first graded stakes race with Rare Rock in the Gulfstream Park BC Sprint Championship Handicap (G3), won his first grade one stake with Jersey Girl in the Acorn (G1), won first NYRA meeting at Saratoga

1999 – won his first Belmont title in the Spring/Summer meeting

2002 – trained his first Champion with Left Bank, Top Older Male; registered 1,000th career victory

2004 – won his first Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup race with Ashado, first Eclipse Award as Top Trainer, won first title as leading training in North America by earnings, trained Champion Three-Year-Old Filly in Ashado and Top Sprinter with Speightstown, won his first of 14 consecutive Gulfstream Park training titles for the Championship meeting

2005 – won first Blue Grass with Bandini and Travers with Flower Alley, trained Champion Older Female Ashado, won Eclipse Award as Top Trainer

2006 – won first Haskell with Bluegrass Cat, set record of 100 stakes wins for a year and 57 graded stakes victories topping his former boss Lukas, trained Champion Older Female with Fleet Indian and Three-Year-Old Filly in Wait A While, won Eclipse Award as Top Trainer

2007 – won first Belmont Stakes with the filly Rags to Riches, trained three Champions in Rags to Riches, Lawyer Ron, and English Channel, won Eclipse Award as Top Trainer

2008 - registered 2,000th career victory on January 14

2010 – won first Kentucky Derby with Super Saver, trained Champion Two-Year-Old Uncle Mo, won Eclipse Award as Top Trainer

2012 - registered 3,000th career victory on February 12

2013 – won Belmont Stakes with Palace Malice, won Eclipse Award as Top Trainer

2014 - registered 1,000th career stakes victory on September 1, won Eclipse Award as Top Trainer

2016 – registered 4,000th career victory on March 18

2017 – won Kentucky Derby with Always Dreaming and Belmont Stakes with Tapwrit

Happy Birthday, Todd!

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