By Mike Kane
Trainer Todd Pletcher has tested positive for COVID-19, and will continue to isolate until Thursday, he confirmed via text Sunday morning.
Pletcher, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, August 6, said that he sought out the test after experiencing allergy-like symptoms and after a co-worker tested positive.
“I got the results back this morning,” he said via text. “Starting Monday, I thought I was experiencing some allergies. Since I've been vaccinated, I wasn't concerned as I didn't have any traditional Covid symptoms. Late Friday, a co-worker tested positive so I decided to get a PCR test yesterday and started isolation. This morning, the results returned positive. I feel fine but will follow recommendations and stay put until Thursday.”
A PCR, or polymerase chain reaction test, is considered the most accurate test for diagnosing COVID-19.
Pletcher said that he did not attend the Monday and Tuesday evening sessions of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling sale, but did look at horses earlier in the day on the sales grounds.
Pletcher is currently third in the Saratoga trainer standings with 14 wins.