Racing: Pletcher to train Magnier's record-breaker

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The Independent Online

The onerous privilege of getting the best from the most expensive thoroughbred ever sold at public auction has fallen to the top American trainer Todd Pletcher.

The colt by Forestry was last week purchased for $16m (£9.14m) by the Coolmore boss, John Magnier, and his partners at a breeze-up sale at Calder, Florida.

Pletcher, 38, set a prize-money record last year and has made a record 38 nominations for the US Triple Crown. His patrons plainly expect this colt to prove eligible for the 2007 series. Assistant to Wayne Lukas for seven years, Pletcher has been training for 10 years and has yet to win a Classic, but did win two Breeders' Cup races in 2004.