(Todd Pletcher’s Voiceover)
Usually starts at about 4:30 in the morning.
It’s more of a lifestyle, I would say, than an occupation or a job.
You know it’s something that I would say I love and enjoy.
There’s a lot of ups and downs to it.
You know it’s a time consuming occupation and horses are relying on you to take care of them basically 24 hours a day.
Pretty much decided at a pretty early age. By the time I was 12 or 13 I knew this is what I wanted to do for a living.
Anyone that’s successful in their careers going to put forth a lot of work.
There’s no substitution for hard work. You’ve got to love what you do and you’ve got to pour everything you have into it.
(dramatic horse SFX, working hard)
What’s rewarding is the results are very concrete.
You know, all the work that you do the rewards are easily seen.
Either, you know, when you run, you either win or you don’t.
The most important thing is the horse.
We’re looking to see what pace they’re going.
We’re looking to see how the horse and the rider are getting along.
You know, you’re going to have some horses that are a little more aggressive. Some that are a little bit lazy.
Each one’s their own personality.
We’re just sort of supervising all that. Monitoring all that. Observing all that.
Trying to prepare them for upcoming events.
(music interlude as Ram is shown taking horses to different locations using a horse trailer)
Most excited I’ve ever been was the 2007 Belmont.
It was a really, really exciting stretch run.
(Footage from the 2007 Belmont Stakes is shown, featuring audio from the broadcast)
They’re coming down to the wire! It’s going to be very close! And it’s gonna be…..
A Filly in the Belmont!!!
Rags to Riches! The first filly to win it in over a century!
The great thing about being a horse trainer is there’s always an upcoming event, always an upcoming race, a new developing young horse that you have high hopes for.
There’s always something to look forward to – new challenges ahead.
All work and no play makes you hard to beat.