The Early Years: TVG’s Kurt Hoover Once Coached Derby-Winning Trainer In Basketball

by | 05.19.2017 | 6:15pm
A junior high-aged Todd Pletcher once played on a basketball team coached by TVG host Kurt Hoover.

It's definitely a cliche, but there's a lot of truth to the phrase “it's a small world.” The latest relevant example comes from Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, who once played on a basketball league coached by current TVG host and analyst Kurt Hoover, according to the LA Times.

When Todd Pletcher's father, also a Thoroughbred trainer, spent a season in Southern California, the young Pletcher joined a recreational basketball league for junior high students in Arcadia. The local high school students were encouraged to coach the younger students, and Hoover ended up as the assistant coach on Pletcher's team, the Trailblazers.

“I remember I wasn't very good,” Pletcher said. “I didn't score very many points. Aside from that I don't remember a lot.”

The Trailblazers ended their season with a record of three wins and 12 losses from a four-team league.

Read more at the LA Times.

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