• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
7 Todd Pletcher
USA: Todd Pletcher, who has won a record seven Eclipse Awards as champion trainer, has been elected into the US Hall of Fame at the first time of asking.
A former assistant to D Wayne Lukas, 53-year-old Pletcher sent out his first winner in his own right with Majestic Number at Gulfstream Park in January 1996. He has saddled more than 5,100 winners altogether for career prize-money of $405m – which makes him number one on the all-time money list.
Also elected into the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility is Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Jack Fisher, 13-time champion steeplechase trainer, also makes the cut for 2021; they will be officially inducted at a ceremony at Saratoga Springs on August 6.
2,000 Wesley Ward
USA: Wesley Ward saddled his 2,000th winner in North America when three-year-old filly Gold For Kitten won the sixth race at Churchill Downs on Thursday [May 6] under Chris Landeros.
An Eclipse Award-winning apprentice, former jockey Ward, 53, rode 749 winners in North America before his first success as a trainer in 1991.
The figure of 2,000 does not include 13 winners in the UK – 11 of them at Royal Ascot, the meeting with which he has become synonymous – plus eight in France, including three winners of the Prix Morny, the race in which he had his first G1 winner in 2013 with No Nay Never.
100 Pierre-Charles Boudot
France: Reigning champion jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot is setting a rapid pace in his defence of the Cravache d’Or. He rode his 100th winner of 2021 when the Francis Graffard-trained four-year-old Harmysian short-headed Albir in a staying handicap at Chantilly on Tuesday [May 4].
Boudot, 28, has already established a lead of 55 over closest pursuer Theo Bachleot (50 wins) as he chases his fourth jockeys’ title altogether.
14 Aidan O’Brien
Ireland: New Derby favourite Bolshoi Ballet was Aidan O’Brien’s 14th winner of the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown at Sunday [May 9]. Intriguingly, only two of the colt’s predecessors in winning the Group 3 contest went on to score at Epsom, namely Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002).
220 Bob Baffert
USA: According to Equibase statistics, Bob Baffert became North America’s winningmost G1 trainer of all-time when he saddled Gamine to win the Derby City Distaff on the Kentucky Derby undercard.
The star filly provided his 220th victory at the top level, moving 68-year-old Baffert one ahead of the legendary D Wayne Lukas.