Ginny DePasquale has been an assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher for 20 years, and is showing no signs of slowing down as she prepares for a journey to Royal Ascot with American Patriot to contest the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. According to thoroughbredracing.com, the grandmother is one of the key components to Pletcher's highly organized battalion of nearly 200 employees, and she is most often found traveling alongside his top horses as they compete across the world.
“I think I've always been drawn to horses, from the time I was a little girl when we lived in Corpus Christi on the naval base and there was a riding stable right across the street,” said DePasquale, whose father was a naval officer. “I was four years old and I used to walk across the street and crawl into the corral with the horses. My mother would have heart failure seeing me walking around inside the corral with these horses. I was totally fearless but my Mom would be having a fit.”
Though she stepped away from horses for a short time after she got married, eventually DePasquale rekindled her love of all things equine with her own farm complete with show horses as her children grew up. Her daughter began galloping horses at Calder, leading DePasquale to the racetrack, and after several years with different trainers and a stint breaking babies, she walked into Todd Pletcher's barn in 1997. She was hired on the spot.
“I can't imagine doing anything else,” she said. “Todd is so easy going. He plays his cards close to his vest, but I don't remember him ever really losing his temper over anything. Every now and then you can see that he wants to, but he's really even tempered. After knowing him for 20 years, if you go into the office and you see him first thing in the morning, you know whether to sit down and have a chit chat or turn around and go out the door. He's very easy to work for — very easy to work for.”
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