Todd Pletcher's Derby frustration
Todd Pletcher has been America's most successful trainer over the last decade. He has been the top money-winner in six different years, earning five Eclipse Awards. His powerful stable is replenished each season by a small army of well-bred young prospects, virtually ensuring his continued success.
And yet in the race that every trainer wants to win -- the Kentucky Derby -- Pletcher's performance has been inexplicably poor.
He has scored but one victory -- with Super Saver in 2010 -- out of 29 starters. He will saddle two starters on Saturday, the undefeated Gemologist and his stablemate El Padrino.
Pletcher's best 3-year-olds have often fallen by the wayside before they get to Louisville. Eskendereya was injured in 2010, Uncle Mo was stricken by a disease in 2011 and the highly regarded Algorithms was hurt after winning the Holy Bull Stakes in January. The Pletcher horses who have reached the starting gate have been a surprisingly weak bunch. None has been favored, and in five different years since 2000 a Pletcher trainee has finished last.
Pletcher's career Derby record:
|2000||More Than Ready||4th|
|2007||Any Given Saturday||8th|
|2009||Join in the Dance||7th|
|2010||Devil May Care||10th|
By Andrew Beyer - The Washington Post. Published May 2, 2012.