Pletcher racing’s new money leader
NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Pletcher became thoroughbred racing’s leading money winning trainer when Jack Milton rallied from last to win the $300,000 Poker Stakes on Monday at Belmont Park.
Pletcher’s runners have won $268,502,284. He moved past D. Wayne Lukas, Pletcher’s former mentor, who is now second with $268,467,262.
Quarterhorse earnings by Lukas are not included in the figures.
“I think it’s a product of inflation to be honest, and I don’t think anyone is going to match Wayne’s accomplishments in the business,” Pletcher said. “That said, it’s still a satisfying milestone for the team, and a record to be proud of.”
Jack Milton earned $180,000 to put Pletcher over the top. A 4-year-old colt, Jack Milton beat Big Screen by 2¾ lengths for his fourth win in 10 starts. Javier Castellano was aboard for the one mile on the firm turf in 1:33.09.
Jack Milton paid $7.70, $4.10 and $2.20. Big Screen returned $9.20 and $3.40 while Za Approval paid $2.10 as the 4-5 favorite.
The Poker was the third stakes win for Pletcher on Monday at Belmont.
He earlier captured the $196,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf with Gala Award, and the $100,000 Jersey Girl for 3-year-old fillies with Red Velvet.