Countdown to the Cup: Second Life

Todd Pletcher, his assistant Mike McCarthy, agent Ron Anderson, and clocker/bloodstock agent Gary Young were having dinner at a Mexican restaurant back in November of 2007, when Pletcher turned to Young and said, “I need to buy a horse who will absolutely win the next time I run it.”

Pletcher was looking for a horse for Candy DeBartolo, wife of former San Francisco Forty Niners owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.

Young had been eyeing an unraced 2-year-old filly trained by Dan Hendricks named Life At Ten, who had been plagued by minor injuries and actually had just been sold privately less than two months earlier. Young was impressed by the way she had been training and was waiting to unload on her at the windows when she debuted.

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