Keyword: Todd Pletcher

  • Commissioner
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    Commissioner Eyes Easier Skip Away Prize

    WinStar Farm's Commissioner returned in 2015 with his connections hopeful of a trip to Dubai, but after he ran sixth in the Donn Handicap (gr. I), they shifted gears to the March 28 Skip Away (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Ekati's Phaeton is the likely favorite for the Gulfstream Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-zxf99ZF">Order This Photo</a>

    Streaking Phaeton Heads Gulfstream Oaks

    Ekati's Phaeton, a surprise winner of the one-mile Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II), attempts to stretch out an additional sixteenth of a mile March 28 in the $250,000 Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II).

  • Upstart (left) and Itsaknockout (right) meet again in the Florida Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-tjfp7bG">Order This Photo</a>

    Upstart, Itsaknockout in FL Derby Rematch

    Upstart is tabbed the 8-5 morning-line favorite for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 28 Gulfstream Park. Eight opponents include Itsaknockout, to whom he lost last time out via disqualification.

  • Royal Son, who won the John Battaglia Memorial Feb. 28, starts from the rail in the Spiral.

    Royal Son Draws Rail in Wide-Open Spiral

    WinStar Farm's Royal Son, who already has a solid victory on Turfway's Polytrack surface, drew the rail and most likely will be favored to capture the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21.

  • Ready For Rye leads all the way to take the Swale.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-8df6Bqz">Order This Photo</a>

    Ready for Rye Upsets Daredevil in Swale

    Ready for Rye became Tom Albertrani's third winner on the day when he upset favored Daredevil by 2 3/4 lengths in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. II) March 7 at Gulfstream. The trainer entered the card 0-for-60.

  • Carpe Diem

    Coffee Pot Brews a Good One in Carpe Diem

    'He wouldn't run and hide behind his mother. He'd lead through the door,' Beau Lane of Woodline Farm said of Carpe Diem, a leading contender for the March 7 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) on the road to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Todd Pletcher has Stanford and Materiality in the  Islamorada Handicap.

    Friday's Islamorada Could Impact Triple Crown

    Although the $60,000 Islamorada Handicap March 6 at Gulfstream Park is not a graded stakes, it could feature some eventual Triple Crown horses, including Stanford and Materiality from the well-stocked barn of Todd Pletcher.

  • Daredevil will start from the rail in the Swale Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-Q2RvXqB">Order This Photo</a>

    Daredevil Back in Rescheduled Swale

    Daredevil will make his much-anticipated sophomore debut in $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park one week after the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds was postponed due to torrential rainstorms.

  • Royal Son cruises to victory in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park.

    Royal Son Easily Captures Battaglia Memorial

    WinStar Farm's homebred Royal Son found a change of scenery and equipment to his liking as evidenced by a strong front-end victory in the $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Feb. 28 at Turfway Park.

  • The Great War

    The Great War Back for More in Battaglia

    The Great War, a blowout winner of the 96ROCK Stakes in his 2015 debut, will take the next step at Turfway Park when he faces 10 other 3-year-olds in the $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Feb. 28 at the Kentucky track.

  • Itsaknockout (right) finishes second to Upstart in the Fountain of Youth, but is awarded the win.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-5k6H4RJ">Order This Photo</a>

    Upstart DQ'd in FOY, Itsaknockout Wins

    Upstart was disqualified after crossing the wire first in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park, with 5-1 Itsaknockout elevated from second to his first graded win.

  • Eskenformoney will face 13 in the Davona Dale Stakes on Feb. 21. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-hGs32ZF/A">Order This Photo</a>

    Eskenformoney Heads Davona Dale Lineup

    Trainer Todd Pletcher, a three-time winner of the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, will send out the duo of Eskenformoney and Enchantress Feb. 21 in the one-mile test for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Itsaknockout

    Itsaknockout Breezes for Fountain of Youth

    Undefeated 3-year-old Itsaknockout turned in his final breeze the morning of Feb. 15 in preparation for his stakes debut in the upcoming $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (gr. II) for trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Golden Lad leads them home in the Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

    Golden Lad Holds Off Ride On Curlin in Essex

    Returning to Oaklawn Park where he secured his first career stakes win, Golden Lad held off last year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Ride On Curlin to post a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Essex Stakes.

  • Micromanage looks for his third win in a row in the Evening Attire Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-cKQGx3h">Order This Photo</a>

    Repole Entry Looks Tough in Evening Attire

    Owner Mike Repole will be well-represented in the $100,000 Evening Attire Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack Feb. 16, when he will send out the coupled entry of Micromanage and Village Warrior, both trained by Todd Pletcher.

  • Javier Castellano gets his 4000th win aboard Captain Stan.

    Castellano Reaches 4,000th-Win Milestone

    Javier Castellano reached a significant career milestone Feb. 8 at Gulfstream Park when the reigning two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey notched his 4,000th career victory aboard Captain Stan in the 10th race.

  • Mshawish gets the win over Slumber in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-d9bjvGj">Order This Photo</a>

    Mshawish Squeezes Out Gulfstream Turf 'Cap

    Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish overcame traffic in the stretch and prevailed in a tight finish with Slumber in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Sandiva flies home to win the Suwannee River Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-CWrLg4m">Order This Photo</a>

    Sandiva Surges to Capture Suwannee River

    Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva won her second straight stakes and first North American graded contest with a length victory over Rosalind in the Suwannee River Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Champion 2-year-old male American Pharoah heads the list of early nominees to the Triple Crown.

    Early Nominees to Triple Crown Races Increase

    American Pharoah and Take Charge Brandi, last year's respective champion 2-year-old male and female, head the list of 429 Thoroughbreds made eligible to compete in the 2015 Triple Crown during the early nomination phase.

  • Untapable
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    Untapable, Tapiture Drill for Asmussen

    Untapable completed the first workout of her 4-year-old season Monday, Jan. 26, when she breezed four furlongs in :51.4/5 on a fast track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for trainer Steve Asmussen.

  • Micromanage will face 6 in the Jazil Stakes on Jan. 19. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3149248165&k=bbthJcF">Order This Photo</a>

    Micromanage Opens Season in Jazil Stakes

    Repole Stable's Micromanage will start from the inside post in an expected field of seven older horses in the $100,000 Jazil Stakes on a Jan. 19, Monday holiday card at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Trainer todd Pletcher at the2013 kentucky Derby Post Position Draw...
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    Todd Pletcher IS Funny… No, Really

    Rivals and racing fans may view top trainer Todd Pletcher as reserved and unemotional, but there is more to the dedicated horseman than meets the eye. A competitive nature, sly wit, and drive to succeed have carried him to the top of the game.

  • Savoy Stomp at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select sale.

    Pricey Savoy Stomp Seeks Lecomte Victory

    Savoy Stomp, an $875,000 purchase from the 2013 Saratoga Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale, could be the one to beat for Team Valor International and Southern Equine Stable in a group of 11 entered for the Lecomte.