07/31/2011 7:20PM

Pletcher dominates Saratoga with seven-win weekend


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Todd Pletcher enjoyed a spectacular weekend at Saratoga, winning seven of nine races in which he competed, including two graded stakes.

Pletcher, who has won the Saratoga training title seven times, has won at least one race each of the nine days of the meet and has taken control of trainer standings with 14 wins from 41 starters. Chad Brown is second in the standings with five wins.

Pletcher owns the record for most wins at a Saratoga meet with 36, which he recorded last year.

One day after winning four races at the Spa - including the Grade 2 Jim Dandy with Stay Thirsty - Pletcher on Sunday won three more, including the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap with Sidney’s Candy. Pletcher, who also finished fourth in that race with Blues Street, won the seventh with Never Right Joey, and the nightcap with Writingonthewall. Pletcher and owner Mike Repole lost Writingonthewall at the claim box to owners Bryan and Kerry Novak and trainer Richard Stoklosa, who took him for $25,000.

Both Never Right Joey and Writingonthewall were owned by Repole, who also won two races on Saturday with Pletcher and has five wins at the meet.

The only race Pletcher lost on Sunday was the Grade 1 Ruffian Invitational Handicap, where his Super Espresso finished second.