In the midst of the hectic press conference following his second Kentucky Derby victory with Always Dreaming, Todd Pletcher was understandably emotional. The Derby-winning trainer is awarded a Dodge Ram truck at the end of the press conference, and Pletcher made a point to remember and honor the Thoroughbreds who had carried him to this highlight of his career.
“I will definitely take the truck, because it has significant sentimental meaning to me to do that. But I'd like to donate the value of the truck to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and New Vocations,” Pletcher said. “It is a very important cause for us to take care of our retired race horses. And so, like I said, I want to keep the truck. But I'm happy to make that donation.”
Sunday morning, Pletcher met with New Vocations director Anna Ford.
“We're so thankful for everything that he's done for us,” Ford said. “His endorsement alone has been huge, and he's always financially supported us as well. So those two things alone have helped New Vocations move forward in ways that he'll never know.”
— America'sBestRacing (@ABRLive) May 7, 2017
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