01/26/2007 1:00AM

Pletcher makes it three in a row


There seems no limit to what Todd Pletcher can accomplish as a horse trainer. Despite going another year without winning a Triple Crown event, and even with his stable going 0 for 17 in the Breeders' Cup championships, Pletcher, 39, pretty much dominated everything else.

Pletcher set single-season records for earnings, stakes wins, and graded stakes wins in 2006, and the result was an Eclipse Award as champion trainer for the third straight year. His North American stable earnings of $26,820,243 easily surpassed his record from 2005, and his 100 stakes and 57 graded stakes victories broke records that had been held by his former boss, D. Wayne Lukas, for whom he worked for several years before going out on his own in 1996.

Among the dozens of stars that Pletcher trained in 2006 were 12 winners of at least one Grade 1 race: Bishop Court Hill, Bluegrass Cat, Circular Quay, English Channel, Fleet Indian, Go Deputy, Honey Ryder, Magnificent Song, Pool Land, Scat Daddy, Spun Sugar, and Wait a While. On Breeders' Cup Day, his record 17 starters produced 3 seconds and 3 thirds for earnings of nearly $3.5 million.

Pletcher has some 200 horses in his stable, which is based primarily in New York but includes divisions in Florida, California, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Delaware.

* VOTING: Todd Pletcher, 194; Kiaran McLaughlin, 29;Michael Matz, 18; Doug O'Neill, 11; Scott Lake, 7; Tom Albertrani, 3; Bill Mott, 3; Scott Blasi, 1; George Yetsook, 1; Voter abstentions, 4.