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Each and every win matters: Pletcher closing in on 5,000th career victory
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Oct 22, 2020
Each and every win matters: Pletcher closing in on 5,000th career victory

Ryan Martin

​Some victories for a trainer always stand out. From triumphs in American Classic engagements to Breeders' Cup scores to prestigious Grade 1 wins, trips to the winner's circle leave indelible impressions. But the wins that bring less fanfare - allowance, optional claimers and maiden races - are still the backbone of any long-time conditioner's ledger, and trainer Todd Pletcher can claim a body of work on par with some of the sport's all-time greats as he approaches career win No. 5,000.

Futurity's re-invention continues to build on rich history
Features
Oct 9, 2020
Futurity's re-invention continues to build on rich history

Brian Bohl

​A hallmark of long-running New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) stakes is a rich history that extends back more than a century in some cases. Over the course of time, the particulars tend to change, usually involving the distances, purses and in some cases, the direction of the race itself, with many 19th and early 20th century races in the Big Apple conducted via English-style clockwise at Jerome Park, Sheepshead Bay Race Track and the original iteration of Belmont Park.

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