Maryland trainer Todd Pletcher?

May 02, 2010 | Gary Quill

Ooooops! According to Baltimore’s local newspaper (THE SUN), Todd Pletcher, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, is either a Maryland native or trains his horses in Maryland. Both would be incorrect statements.


Front page headlines of the Sunday edition of THE SUN read…


 ‘Super’ finish

Maryland trainer’s horse gives him first win in 25 tries


Then to reiterate the mistake, under the photo of Super Saver crossing the Finish Line at Churchill Downs is the caption…


Three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel rides Super Saver to victory in Saturday’s Run for the Roses, giving Maryland trainer Todd Pletcher his first victory after 25 tries. Super Saver prevailed on a track that had been drenched by rain all afternoon, which made for one of the most wide-open races in years.


Mr. Pletcher was born in Dallas (TX), raised in New Mexico and learned his trade throughout the Southwest and California. The only time you’ll see him on Maryland soil is during Preakness Week if one of his horses are entered to runner in one of the major stakes races at Pimico on either Black Eyed Susan or Preakness Day. In addition, as for the “25 tries”. Pletcher was 0 for 24 coming into the 2010 Kentucky Derby. That is, he had run 24 different horses in past Kentucky Derby’s, but not 24 Derby’s. This year, Pletcher had four (4) horses entered, had all 4 failed, his Derby 0-fer would have reached 28.    


Pimlico has live racing today. For those who are following along with my Pimlico selections, I have to apologize that none will be posted for today, Sunday May 2nd. Blame it on too much Kentucky Derby fun. Even though my top selection Mission Impazible ran a disappointing 9th, there was little time to handicap the Pimlico Day 10 (Sunday) card. Racing Day 11 is on Thursday, May 6th.


The big winner on Derby Day was WNST Morning Show co-host Glenn Clark. Making his maiden voyage to Churchill Downs for the Derby, Glenn posted many videos, the last of which documented his Derby pick, #4 (Super Saver). Listen to the Morning Show on Monday. I predict this Trifecta…

1) Glenn will sing the praises of attending the Kentucky Derby (a horse racing fan is born)

2) Glenn will boast about giving out the winner on WNSTV on Derby Day (as well he should)

3) Drew will take credit for telling Glenn to bet whoever Calvin Borel rides, which happened to be # 4 – Super Saver (which he did)


Derby Day was a win-win for me because with the horse racing excitement and success experience by Glenn and Drew, thoroughbred horse racing just might get the on-air exposure it deserves come Preakness Week and beyond. Speaking of which, here is a list of possible starters for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 15…  


Horse – Trainer – Finish in Most Recent Race


Aikenite – Todd Pletcher –  2nd in Derby Trial

A Little Warm – Tony Dutrow – 2nd in Louisiana Derbv

Bushwhacked – Jonathan Sheppard – 2nd in Lexington Stakes

Caracortado – Mike Machowsky – 4th in Santa Anita Derby

Dublin – D. Wayne Lukas – 7th in Kentucky Derby

Hurricane Ike – John Sadler – 1st in Derby Trial

Ice Box – Nick Zito – 2nd in Kentucky Derby

Jackson Bend – Nick Zito – 12th in Kentucky Derby

Lookin At Lucky – Bob Baffert – 6th in Kentucky Derby  

Paddy O’Prado – Dale Romans – 3rd in Kentucky Derby 

Pleasant Prince – Wesley Ward – 3rd in Derby Trial 

Schoolyard Dreams  – Derek Ryan – 4th in Wood Memorial  

Super Saver – Todd Pletcher – 1st in Kentucky Derby 

Turf Melody – Graham Motion – 3rd in Illinois Derby


(Editted by GQ: the above list was released on and confirmed via Maryland Jockey Club press release at 11:51am Sunday) 

It’s a great day for horse racing, no matter what the weather might be.