By Michael Fenrich
From Dallas, Texas, thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher has had a successful career. On Friday, November 6, at Aqueduct the seventh race became historic as Pletcher reached a milestone of 5,000 career wins. The horse that was the 5,000th winner was Microsecond, who is owned by Repole Stable (Mike Repole), a long time client of Pletcher. Kendrick Carmouche was the jockey who rode the 5,000th career winner.
NYRA track announcer John Imbriale, who recently became the full time announcer, had this to share about calling the historic race. “I’ve known Todd for a long time and it was a great thrill to be able to call his 5,000 win. What an unbelievable accomplishment!” said Imbriale.
Horse racing is majestic. Pletcher got his first career win with Majestic Number in February of 1996 at Gulfstream Park.
It was a family affair as Todd learned from his father Jake and when he worked for Hall of fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. “Not surprising that he would reach 5,000 so early. Outstanding horseman. It is tip of iceberg for him as he will keep on going and he is a good man,” said Lukas.
“It’s a team accomplishment. Very grateful for the opportunities to train so many terrific horses for the greatest owners in the business,” added Pletcher.
When Pletcher is interviewed after races he always appreciates his staff and everyone around him. Pletcher is so humble in the sport of horse racing. With his work ethic and attention to detail that is why he has accomplished this milestone and will continue to do so.