Keyword: Todd Pletcher

  • Always Dreaming at Pimlico

    Always Dreaming Gallops Within Himself at Pimlico

    Always Dreaming's gallop one time around the Pimlico main track May 14 was another spin within himself, unlike his unruly gallops at Churchill Downs, but exercise rider Nick Bush still felt his strength and eagerness to run.

  • Always Dreaming trains May 11 at Pimlico Race Course

    Always Dreaming Gallops Peacefully at Pimlico

    Trainer Todd Pletcher gave a very positive review of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming after the colt galloped once around Pimlico Race Course May 11, in preparation for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).

  • Always Dreaming gets his first feel of the Pimlico surface May 10

    Always Dreaming Gets First Feel of Pimlico

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming got acquainted with the racing surface at Pimlico Race Course May 10 during a light jog in preparation for a scheduled start in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).

  • 2017 Kentucky Derby Race Sequence

    Relive Always Dreaming's victory in the 2017 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.

  • Always Dreaming and John Velazquez in the winner's circle after winning the 143rd Kentucky Derby

    Always Dreaming True in Kentucky Derby Win

    Following a tracking trip under John Velazquez, Always Dreaming took command in the stretch to score a 2 3/4-length victory in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 at Churchill Downs.

  • Admiral Jimmy becomes Jimmy Creed's first winner May 3, breaking his maiden by 3 1/2 lengths

    Admiral Jimmy is First Winner for Jimmy Creed

    Siena Farm homebred Admiral Jimmy became the first winner for Spendthrift Farm's freshman sire Jimmy Creed when he took a Gulfstream Park maiden special weight May 3 by 3 1/2 lengths for trainer Todd Pletcher as the even-money favorite.

  • Tyler Gaffalione won the Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice in 2015

    Gaffalione Unflappable Before First Derby

    The only experience Tyler Gaffalione has had with the first leg of the Triple Crown has been watching the Louisville classic on television. But come May 6, the jockey will be aboard Patch in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

  • Trainer Mike Maker

    Trainers’ Dinner Notes and Quotes

    The annual Kentucky Derby Trainer's Dinner gives trainers a chance to laugh a little and blow off some steam. Trainer Mike Maker was first up May 2 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville, and he stole the show.

  • Patch heads to the track May 1 at Churchill Downs

    Range of Experience Levels in 2017 Derby Hopefuls

    While Todd Pletcher acknowledges three starts going into this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) is not ideal for Patch, the Calumet Farm homebred has enough working in his favor that Pletcher believes he has earned his shot.

  • Always Dreaming finds his stride in draw reins under exercise rider Nick Bush

    Always Dreaming Much More Settled in Training

    After being exceptionally headstrong in his training for the first leg of the Triple Crown since arriving at Churchill Downs, the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) winner was on his best behavior yet May 2 as he headed out under exercise rider Nick Bush.

  • Unbridled Mo prevails in the Doubledogdare Stakes

    Unbridled Mo Finds More in Doubledogdare Stakes

    After making her connections sweat, Unbridled Mo allowed them to celebrate as the 4-year-old bay filly turned back Power of Snunner in the lane en route to taking the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) by three-quarters of a length.

  • Keeping Pace by Frank Angst

    Pletcher Ready for Another Kentucky Derby Run

    Pletcher currently has five horses ranked in the top 20 on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard used to determine the field: Always Dreaming (7), Tapwrit (12), Malagacy (13), Patch (18), and Battalion Runner (19).

  • D. Wayne Lukas surrounded by former assistants

    Toasting, Not Roasting, Legendary D. Wayne Lukas

    They were there to roast their mentor, but by the end of the night April 17 at the Keeneland sales pavilion, the seven prominent trainers who cut their teeth under legendary D. Wayne Lukas ended up toasting their former boss.

  • Preston Troutt of WinStar Farm leads American Patriot and Javier Castellano into the Keeneland winner's circle

    American Patriot Steals Maker's 46 Mile

    Reserved at the start but flying at the end, WinStar Farm's American Patriot nipped hard-trying Heart to Heart in the final strides of the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1T) April 14 at Keeneland.

  • One Liner in the Southwest Stakes post parade prior to winning the grade 3 race

    Undefeated 3-Year-Old One Liner Out Indefinitely

    WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and SF Racing's undefeated One Liner is out indefinitely and will miss his planned start in the April 15 Arkansas Derby (G1) and is off the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) trail.

  • Sweet Loretta wins the April 9 Beaumont by three lengths

    Sweet Loretta Back to Form in Beaumont

    St. Elias Stable's grade 1 winner Sweet Loretta got back to winning form when she took the $150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes (G3) by three lengths at Keeneland April 9. 

  • Tapwrit draped in flowers after his win in the Tampa Bay Derby

    Tapwrit Tunes Up for Blue Grass Stakes

    The high energy level Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner Tapwrit has flaunted in recent weeks was on display March 31, when he tuned up for the April 8 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) with a half-mile move at Palm Beach Downs.

  • Girvin's win in the Risen Star set the colt on the Kentucky Derby trail

    Girvin Heads Louisiana Derby Field

    In a Triple Crown prep season that has been full of chaos, Brad Grady's Girvin will hope to supply a bit of stability April 1 in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Gunnevera works five furlongs 1:01 4/5 over the main track at Gulfstream Park West

    Gunnevera Leads Busy Sophomore Work Slate

    Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera put in his final breeze March 25 for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, leading a coast-to-coast slate of sophomore works.

  • Thunder Snow (outside) and Epicharis duel to the wire in the UAE Derby

    Thunder Snow Gets Up in UAE Derby

    Thunder Snow, only days after being made a late nominee to the U.S. Triple Crown series, justified the investment with a hard-fought victory March 25 in the UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse.

  • Zulu wins the Tamarac Stakes at Gulfstream Park

    Zulu Seeks Skip Away Rebound

    The 4-year-old son of Bernardini is scheduled to compete at Gulfstream March 25 in the $100,000 Skip Away (G3), seeking to recapture the form that had earned him the favorite's role in last year's Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland.