The Pletcher Factor

by | 01.04.2011 | 6:55am

Until last year, the story line following Todd Pletcher was simple. Would arguably the country's top trainer finally breakthrough and win the Kentucky Derby? Fortunately for Pletcher and every journalist not wanting to write the same story line again, he won the 2010 Derby with WinStar Farm's Super Saver.

Now it's a new year and it looks like Pletcher has a new focus, as hands-down Derby favorite with his superstar three-year-old Uncle Mo. “Going into this year is a little different than it's been for us before,” Pletcher said. “We've had some promising candidates in years past, but we've never gone into a year with the champion 2-year-old and winter-book favorite. Obviously, we've got a very nice horse that showed he loved that racetrack at Churchill. It should be exciting to have one like Uncle Mo.”

With about three weeks until his first breeze back, Uncle Mo looks headed to the Tampa Bay Derby and Wood Memorial before vying for the 137th Kentucky Derby.

But Uncle Mo is not Pletcher's only Derby contender, naming Brethren, Laubur and Stay Thirsty as others with first Saturday in May potential.

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