It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Read that somewhere.

But thats the kind of weekend it was for Todd Pletcher, leading trainer in the universe.

The sheer volume of all aspects of his operation; from the number of horses in his care, to his graded stakes wins (on track to break his own record), to purse earnings (ditto), continues to astound.

Look at what happened last weekend: King of the Roxy; Cotton Blossom; Indian Vale; Safari Queen and Host; all of them favorites, all of them lost.

But then, look what happened last weekend. Honey Rose was placed first in a listed stakes at Ellis Park; Unbridled Belle won the million dollar Delaware Handicap, Sunriver won the Grade 2 Bowling Green and Pavarotti took the Round Table.

Four-for-nine in stakes for the weekend. Not bad.

Of all those performances, one was an eye-opener and it wasnt Unbridled Belles perfect-trip tour de force in the DelCap. But did you see the Bowling Green?

It is very unusual for horses to win graded stakes on both dirt and turf, but now Sunriver has. If his Bowling Green is any measure, his future in surely on the grass.

Pletcher is still mystified by the two dirt performances earlier this year. Then he worked Sunriver on turf just to see if it would wake him up mentally. He worked fantastic and the decision was made to run him on grass.

He won that allowance race as if breaking so many sticks. But it didnt prove anything despite his going to the front and improving his position with complete authority.

On Sunday, he did it again. But this time it was different.

He was in with tougher and, while setting a moderate pace, was pressured throughout. At headstretch, Garrett Gomez pushed the button and the response was electric.

It wasnt so much how he opened up ground; instantly, but how he looked doing it.

If you missed it, catch a replay. Old-timers used to call good turf horses daisy cutters for the way they skimmed over the top of the ground.

They would have loved Sunriver.

He absolutely just skims over the top of the grass. Hes very spectacular over it, said Gomez in post-race quotes. I think he can just keep extending himself and getting better.

He will need to. Pletcher said the Arlington Million is next. Not only will the competition go up several notches but the Arlington course is less forgiving. Theres more cut in the ground, and most often its less than firm.

Early speed does relatively well in the Million. And so we shall see if Sunrivers near perfect turf action works as well in Chicago as it does in New York.

Im quite sure Pletcher hopes so. There were those five stakes he was supposed to win last weekend and didnt, now did he?