Trainer Todd Pletcher lost a major Kentucky Derby contender last Saturday when the previously undefeated Violence came out of his runner-up finish in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth with a fractured sesamoid bone in his right front ankle, but the five-time Eclipse Award winning trainer still has plenty of bullets.
It was just three short years ago that Pletcher went into the 2010 Run for the Roses sporting a 0 for 24 record, finally getting the monkey off his back by saddling Super Saver, who pulled off the minor upset with Calvin Borel on board, returning $18.00 for a $2 wager. Pletcher started four runners that year.
While many start their handicapping for racing’s biggest day the past few years by taking a good look at the Pletcher runners, the barn’s record now stands at a rather unremarkable 1 for 31.
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