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By Kevin Van Valkenburg The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2010
You can make the argument Todd Pletcher is the best trainer in horse racing. He's certainly the hottest. Virtually all that he has touched this spring has turned to gold. The 42-year-old is headed to the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1 with one of the heaviest favorites in years in Eskendereya, and he conceivably could have a half dozen other entries in the 20-horse field. But you can also make the case that Pletcher won't solidify his status as one of the best until he wins a Derby.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - Billy Gowan has a vision in his mind's eye of how Saturday's Belmont Stakes might unfold. He pictures his horse, Ride On Curlin, pulling alongside Triple Crown aspirant California Chrome with a quarter mile left in the race. "I'd like to be eyeing California Chrome and see who has the best horse," says the folksy Louisiana native. "I'd like to see me and him come down the stretch, because we've made it to all three dances. " Ride On Curlin and General a Rod are the only challengers who've chased California Chrome through each leg of his quest for the first Triple Crown since 1978.
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By Chris Korman | May 2, 2013
Todd Pletcher knew there were rumors. When you're one of the winningest trainers in the game who just happens to condition a fifth of the Kentucky Derby field, there are going to be rumors about your horses. He hadn't heard specifics, like the one about Verrazano, the 4-1 second choice on the morning line, not eating this week. But he refuted it Thursday during a measured session with reporters outside of his barn. "All my horses are fine," he said. "People saw them train.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dallas Stewart did it again. A year ago, his horse, Golden Soul, finished second in the Kentucky Derby as a 34-1 underdog. On Saturday, the Kentucky-based trainer pulled off another second-place finish, this time with 38-1 underdog Commanding Curve. It wasn't exactly the result Stewart wanted. “I thought he had a heck of a shot,” he said. But he had to tip his cap to the winner, California Chrome, who exceeded his expectations. “I was just hoping California Chrome would kind of give in a little bit, but he didn't,” Stewart said.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
Todd Pletcher is now 1-for-36 in the Kentucky Derby. The trainer with a vast empire of horses entered five in Saturday's 139th run for the roses and, as bettors expected, Revolutionary, the colt guided by Calvin Borel, moved well over the wet track - but not well enough to catch winner Orb. Borel had Revolutionary running at the end, but ultimately finished third. A three-time winner of the race - twice in mud - Borel had spurred bettors to make Revolutionary the favorite for much of the day. "The only thing I could have done on the far turn was creep up closer on him," Borel said.
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June 9, 2001
PP Horse.... Trainer.... Jockey.... Record*..... Earnings..... Last race... Comment.... Odds 1 Invisible Ink Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 8: 3-2-1 $385,560 2nd, Kentucky Derby His style, pedigree and efficient stride suit Belmont's distance, configuration... 8-1 2 Balto Star Todd Pletcher Chris McCarron 9: 4-0-1 $720,190 14th, Kentucky Derby McCarron, master of pace, is controller of pace aboard this sprinter's son 15-1 3 Dollar Bill Dallas Stewart Pat Day 10: 3-2-1 $503,696 4th, Preakness Stakes After four straight hard-luck races, ol' Bill deserves a clean, smooth trip 6-1 4 Thunder Blitz Joe Orseno Jerry Bailey 9: 2-2-2 $243,450 4th, Kentucky Derby Orseno says rested colt as ready as Red Bullet was before 2000 Preaknesss 10-1 5 Monarchos John Ward Jr. Jorge Chavez 8: 4-1-1 $1,605,630 6th, Preakness Despite his Kentucky Derby runaway, he may be overlooked in the betting 5-2 6 Buckle Down Ben D. Wayne Lukas Corey Nakatani 8: 3-1-2 $178,340 1st, allowance race,Churchill Downs Can Lukas pull off another Belmont upset with lightly regarded colt?
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | May 10, 2008
And then there were 12. The Preakness field jumped from nine to a dozen yesterday when three more starters confirmed their intentions to take on Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Trainers for Icabad Crane, the winner of the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico; Hey Byrn, winner of the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park; and Riley Tucker, who has been in the money six times in seven lifetime starts, have declared plans to bring their horses to Baltimore.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 31, 1990
LAUREL -- Fire In Ice's victory in the $54,325 Inner Harbor Stakes at Laurel Race Course yesterday served as another reminder of just how far-flung the stable of trainer D. Wayne Lukas has become.Lukas wasn't present to saddle Fire In Ice. Neither was his top New York assistant, Kiaran McLaughlin, who usually does the honors when Lukas has a horse in an East Coast stakes.Instead, it was 23-year-old Todd Pletcher -- the assistant to the assistant -- who traveled from New York to saddle the 2-year-old colt.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | May 22, 2011
Trainer Dale Romans said Sunday morning there is a better than 50 percent chance Preakness winner Shackleford will run in the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. "If he trains like he did going into the Derby, I don't know why we would pass," Romans said. "I've always thought, just like Woody Stevens said along time ago, that the Belmont is really a speed horse's race. A mile and a half is such a grueling race, they'll all be tired when they get to the eighth pole. " Romans said he hopes Animal Kingdom will be there as well because a rivalry between the two would be good for horse racing.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | October 21, 2006
If thoroughbreds can participate in a dogfight, the Grade III, $200,000 Safely Kept Breeders' Cup Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park today could be it. Favorite Wildcat Bettie B will be fighting to keep a graded stakes victory string alive, but to do it she'll have to beat two horses who lost to her by a length or less, and several more who have the talent for an upset in this six-furlong race. "Wildcat Bettie B has won three [stakes] in a row," said trainer Ben Perkins, who will send Wild Gams into the fray today.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
Todd Pletcher is now 1-for-36 in the Kentucky Derby. The trainer with a vast empire of horses entered five in Saturday's 139th run for the roses and, as bettors expected, Revolutionary, the colt guided by Calvin Borel, moved well over the wet track - but not well enough to catch winner Orb. Borel had Revolutionary running at the end, but ultimately finished third. A three-time winner of the race - twice in mud - Borel had spurred bettors to make Revolutionary the favorite for much of the day. "The only thing I could have done on the far turn was creep up closer on him," Borel said.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Todd Pletcher 's 38-1 long shot Princess of Sylmar won the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on Friday, giving the trainer a chance to become the first since Ben Jones in 1952 to win the top race for 3-year-old fillies and the Kentucky Derby in the same year. Pletcher, who has five horses entered in the Derby, had four in the Oaks. Dreaming of Julia was the favorite but could not recover from a rowdy start to the race. "She got creamed coming out of [the gate] and it is hard to overcome that sort of thing," Pletcher said.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Todd Pletcher knew there were rumors. He even figured some of them impugned his horses. When you're one of the winningest trainers in the game who just happens to condition a quarter of the Kentucky Derby field, that, he said, "is part of the deal. " Upon hearing the specific rumor concerning Verrazano, the 4-1 second choice on the morning line for Saturday's race, the man worrying about five Derby horses - plus four in the ultra-competitive Kentucky Oaks field Friday - found a reason to smile.
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By Chris Korman | May 2, 2013
Todd Pletcher knew there were rumors. When you're one of the winningest trainers in the game who just happens to condition a fifth of the Kentucky Derby field, there are going to be rumors about your horses. He hadn't heard specifics, like the one about Verrazano, the 4-1 second choice on the morning line, not eating this week. But he refuted it Thursday during a measured session with reporters outside of his barn. "All my horses are fine," he said. "People saw them train.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2013
Last year's chase for the Triple Crown ended when trainer Doug O'Neill stepped to a microphone stand in a patch of fenced-in grass next to a barn near the Belmont Park track. Brushing back tears, he announced that a tendon injury would prevent I'll Have Another - the 12th horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown since Affirmed last completed the trifecta in 1978 - from going to post the next day. On Saturday, a full field of 20 is expected for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby and to begin the quest anew.
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From Sun news services | January 2, 2013
Jockey Rosie Napravnik (Hereford) closed out a career-best season Dec. 31, securing the highest spot ever for a female jockey on the North American leader board. Finishing the year with $12,451,713 in purse earnings and 193 wins with 191 seconds and 167 thirds in 1,200 starts, Napravnik finished eighth among the top jockeys in the nation in the year-end standings. Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone set the record in 1988 when she finished the year with a ninth-place finish. She finished ninth again in 1992, and the record stood for the past 20 years.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Todd Pletcher knew there were rumors. He even figured some of them impugned his horses. When you're one of the winningest trainers in the game who just happens to condition a quarter of the Kentucky Derby field, that, he said, "is part of the deal. " Upon hearing the specific rumor concerning Verrazano, the 4-1 second choice on the morning line for Saturday's race, the man worrying about five Derby horses - plus four in the ultra-competitive Kentucky Oaks field Friday - found a reason to smile.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2011
No one can say with any real certainty whether or not Uncle Mo will be in the starting gate on Saturday when the Kentucky Derby is run for the 137th time at Churchill Downs. He's still battling a gastrointestinal infection that could result in a scratch right up until post time. But even if he does run, there is a good chance he won't be the favorite. For now, that honor goes to Dialed In, the horse Churchill Downs handicapper Mike Battaglia picked as the 4-1 morning line favorite on Wednesday after the Nick Zito-trained colt drew the favorable eighth stall in the Derby post position draw.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | May 22, 2011
Trainer Dale Romans said Sunday morning there is a better than 50 percent chance Preakness winner Shackleford will run in the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. "If he trains like he did going into the Derby, I don't know why we would pass," Romans said. "I've always thought, just like Woody Stevens said along time ago, that the Belmont is really a speed horse's race. A mile and a half is such a grueling race, they'll all be tired when they get to the eighth pole. " Romans said he hopes Animal Kingdom will be there as well because a rivalry between the two would be good for horse racing.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 7, 2011
In his first race on a dirt surface, Animal Kingdom roared from the pack to capture the 137th Kentucky Derby today at Churchill Downs. A 20-1 choice ridden by John Velazquez, who lost his ride on Uncle Mo Friday when the horse was scratched, Animal Kingdom chased down Shackleford, who led almost the entire race. Animal Kingdom is trained by Graham Motion, who is based in Fair Hill, Md. Nehro also made a run, but finished second. Mucho Macho Man was third. Shackleford faded to fourth.
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