He broke into the thoroughbred racing business working as an assistant (1989-95) to legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Since hanging out his own training shingle, Todd Pletcher has Won 60 individual meet trainer titles as well as Winning 708 Graded Stakes, including 166 Grade 1’s.
The 53-year-old Pletcher holds records for career earnings ($405,791,977) and Eclipse Awards and ranks 7th in Wins (5,118).
He’s Won the Kentucky Derby with SUPER SAVER (2010) and ALWAYS DREAMING (2017), and the Belmont Stakes with RAGS TO RICHES (2007), PALICE MALICE (2013), and TAPWRIT (2017).
Mr. Pletcher also has Won 11 Breeders’ Cup races and has led all North American trainers in earnings 10 times.
“I’m really humbled to be elected to the Hall of Fame. It’s an incredible honor,” Pletcher said. “Training horses is all I ever wanted to do. I remember being 11 or 12 and telling my mom I wanted to train and she said it was wonderful. From that point on with her endorsement I never thought of doing anything else.”
Pletcher will be enshrined August 6th in Saratoga Springs along with the 2020 inductees, as last year there was no ceremony due to covid.
The National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame has announced that the induction ceremony at Fasig-Tipton Auction House will be open to the public and free to attend.
The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will also be streamed live on the Museum’s website at racingmuseum.org.
Public seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m.
Legendary track announcer Tom Durkin will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.