How much is Todd Pletcher worth?
|Net Worth:||$280 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Horse Trainer|
|Date of Birth:||June 26, 1967|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Todd Pletcher
Pletcher earned his 1,000th career stakes win when International Equities Holding’s homebred Protonico won the Smarty Jones Stakes (G3) at Parx Racing on Labor Day 2014. He is only the second trainer to reach this milestone, the first being his mentor D. Wayne Lukas.
Todd Pletcher became the 26th trainer to score 3000 wins kon February 11, 2012, in the 3rd race at Gulfstream Park with Spring Hill Farm. He ranks 17th among active trainers in victories, a list led by Jack Van Berg with 6,410. He said, “Accomplishing something like this gives you an opportunity to reflect a little bit, and there aren’t many opportunities to reflect in this business. This is one of them. It’s been a great run, and I am very fortunate to have had a lot of great owners, a lot of great horses, tremendous help, and a tremendous staff. It’s been a lot of fun.” He went on to win 2 more races on the same card including the Hutcheson Stakes with Thunder Moccasin.
An early beginning:
Todd Pletcher was born on June 27, 1967, in Dallas. His father Jake Pletcher trained Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses out west and Todd started working with him as a child. He went to college at the University of Arizona where he graduated in 1989 with a degree in Animal Science. During the summers he worked at the track and did his intership for the legendary Charlie Whittingham in California.
After he graduated, Pletcher started working as a foreman then later as an assistant for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. He was with Lukas for seven years and still does many things in the style of his mentor such as using white bridles and always wearing a fancy suit. He opened his own public stable in December 1995 and had his first winner in February 1996 with Majestic Number at Gulfstream Park.
Developing stakes winners:
His first big stakes winner was Jersey Girl who won the Astoria at Belmont Park, the first of many New York stakes wins for Pletcher. She went on to win seven consecutive stakes including three Grade Ones before having to retire due to injury. In 1998, he sent Archers Bay to Canada and took the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, the Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes, for owner Eugene Melnyk who he still trains for today. He finally won the Kentucky Derby in 2010 with WinStar Farm’s Super Saver.
Grade One winners:
He has had many stakes winners over the years, but 2006 was a banner year with: Bishop Court Hill (Carter), Bluegrass Cat (Haskell) Circular Quay (Hopeful), English Channel (Woodford Reserve, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, United Nations), Fleet Indian (Beldame, Personal Ensign), Go Deputy (Sword Dancer), Honey Ryder (Flower Bowl), Magnificent Song (Garden City), Pool Land (Ruffian), Spun Sugar (Go For Wand, Apple Blossom), and Wait a While (American Oaks, Yellow Ribbon.) In 2011, his Grade 1 winners included: Her Smile, Awesome Maria, Buster’s Ready, Hilda’s Passion, and Stay Thirsty. You can view all his current stakes winners here
Eclipse Award Champions Trained:
Left Bank, 2002 Champion Older Male, became the first of Pletcher’s Eclipse Award winners. So far, Pletcher has trained ten divisional champions: Uncle Mo, Rags to Riches, Lawyer Ron, English Channel, Wait a While, Fleet Indian, Speightstown, Ashado (twice), Shanghai Bobby, and Left Bank.
Championships and awards:
Pletcher has won many awards and championships in the last few years, including the 2004 and 2005 Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Trainer. He has owned the Saratoga meet for the last few years, taking the top trainer title six times including the last five years straight. He has won many trainer titles at New York tracks plus Keeneland title and Gulfstream Park. As of February 2012, he looked to be on his way to his 9th straight Gulfstream training title. Pletcher has been honored with six Eclipse Awards as outstanding trainer and has led the nation in purses on six occasions, including 2011 and 2012.
Breeders’ Cup success:
His first placing in the Breeders’ Cup was Chapel Royal who was third in the 2003 Juvenile then Ashado was second in the 2003 Juvenile Fillies. Pletcher won his first Breeders’ Cup races in 2004 at Lone Star Park in his native Texas when Ashado took the Distaff and Speightstown took the Sprint. He has had seven Breeders’ Cup winners in total: 2012 Juvenile with Shanghai Bobby, 2010 Juvenile (G1) with Uncle Mo, Juvenile Turf (G2) with Pluck and Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) with More Than Real; 2007 Turf (G1) with English Channel and 2004 Distaff (G1) with Ashado and Sprint (G1) with Speightstown.
Todd Pletcher is one of the richest horse trainers in the USA, maybe even the richest of them all. As of 2021, his current net worth is estimated to be $280 million. In 2005, he made record earnings in a single season making $21 million! He then went on to beat it the next year in 2006 earning $28 million that year, and has continued on this trajectory ever since.
Todd has been around horses his whole life. He had worked as a hot walker for his father when he was only seven. “Hot walking” is the practice of horse management, such as a groom or stable worker who hand walks hot, sweaty horses after a workout. Pletcher attained his college degree at the University of Arizona and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. In 1989, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science
His jobs after graduating were again all around horses. He worked as a foreman, assistant trainer, and finally, trainer, working his way up the ladder to become a master horse trainer. Pletcher received his trainer’s license in 1995. Only one year later, one of his finest horses, Majestic Number, won it’s first race.
As of 2021, Pletcher lives in New York, where he enjoys his astronomically high net worth with his wife Tracy and their three kids.
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