TODD PLETCHER BIO

 
  • Born 06/26/67 in Dallas, TX
  • Wife, Tracy; sons, Payton and Kyle; daughter, Hannah
  • Todd began working for his father, Jake Pletcher, as a hot walker at the age of 7 at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.  Jake Pletcher was training quarter horses and thoroughbreds throughout the Southwest.
  • During his summers off from junior and senior high school, Todd worked as a groom for his father at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, LA and at Ak-sar-Ben Racetrack in Omaha, NE.
  • Between his junior and senior years in high school, Todd went to Southern California, where he worked as a hot walker for Henry Moreno at Hollywood Park and Del Mar.
  • Graduated from high school in San Antonio, TX in 1985.
  • Todd began college at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program in Tucson, AZ in the fall of 1985.
  • Between his sophomore and junior years in college, Todd worked as a groom for D. Wayne Lukas at Arlington Park in Chicago, IL.
  • Todd spent the following summer with another Hall of Fame trainer, Charlie Whittingham, working as a groom at Hollywood Park.
  • Graduated from college with a Bachelor of Animal Science in May, 1989.
  • Todd traveled to New York to begin working for D. Wayne Lukas as a foreman immediately upon graduating from college.
  • In 1991, Todd was promoted to assistant trainer for D. Wayne Lukas, splitting his time between New York and Florida.
  • Todd was Lukas' East Coast assistant until the end of 1995, in which time he was instrumental in the development of such horses as Thunder Gulch, Harlan, Serena's Song, A Wild Ride and Flanders.
  • Todd took out his trainer's license in December of 1995 and saddled his first winner, Majestic Number, in February of 1996.
 
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