Pletcher gets 3,000th career win

Todd Pletcher saddled his 3,000th career winner Saturday at Gulfstream Park, when Spring Hill Farm won the third race.

The five-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer saddled his first winner, Majestic Number, at the same track in January 1996. He reached No. 3,001 late Saturday when a horse with the same name won the fourth at Gulfstream.

Pletcher is best known for his work at the three major New York tracks. He has 537 winners at Belmont Park, 484 at Aqueduct, and 324 at Saratoga.

The 44-year-old trainer says he has been fortunate that a lot of his 3,000 wins have come in major races. He won the 2007 Belmont Stakes with filly Rags to Riches and the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver.

Nationally, Pletcher ranks 17th among active trainers in victories, a list topped by Hall of Famer Jack Van Berg, who has 6,410. Pletcher’s horses have earned more than $213.8 million in purses, second among active trainers behind his mentor, D. Wayne Lukas, who is at $258.5 million.

Pletcher began his career as an assistant to Lukas.

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