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Trainer Todd Pletcher Earns 5,000th Career Win

Pletcher joins a group of just seven others in North America to complete the feat.

Todd Pletcher
Todd Pletcher became just the eight trainer in North America to earn 5,000 wins. (Jlvsclrk)

Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher, whom Saratoga Living put atop its 2019 horse racing Power List, has just furthered his case, more than a year later. On November 6 (today), Pletcher became just the eighth trainer in North American horse racing history to notch 5,000 career wins, when his Microsecond won the seventh race at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens.

With his 5,000th win, Pletcher joins a tiny group of trainer greats that includes Steve Asmussen, Jerry Hollendorfer, Jack Van Berg, King Leatherbury, Scott Lake, Bill Mott and all-time wins leader Dale Baird. “It’s a great achievement for the whole team, a lot of people putting in a lot of work, a lot of great horses a lot of support,” Pletcher told the Daily Racing Form. “I’m happy to be part of an elite club; it’s a fun win.”

But Pletcher wasn’t done for the day. No sooner had he landed his 5,000th, he added another win in the first stakes race of Aqueduct’s fall meet, when his Malathaat took the $100,000 Tempted. It was Pletcher’s fifth career win in the Tempted.

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Will Levith

Will Levith is Editorial Director at Saratoga Living and Capital Region Living magazine. He's a native Saratogian and graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. His work has been published by Esquire, Playboy, Condé Nast Traveler, Men's Health, RealClearLife and many others. He lives in Troy with his wife, Laura, and dog, Esopus.

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