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Monday, March 19, 2012


Gulfstream Today: 3.18.12


P and G Stable and Off the Hook et al’s 4-year-old ridgling Turbo Compressor made an auspicious turf course debut Sunday at Gulfstream Park with a wire-to-wire victory in the fourth race allowance at 1 1/16 miles to score by 5 ½ lengths over Stella Perdomo’s Forte Dei Marmi.

Ridden by leading jockey Javier Castellano for leading trainer Todd Pletcher, Turbo Compressor was doing just fine racing on the main track after winning the Carl Rose Classic in November at Calder by 10 ½ lengths and finishing a game third last out behind Mucho Macho Man in the Sunshine Millions Classic here on Jan. 28, but opened up additional options after posting his fifth victory in 11 career starts.


A son of Halo’s Image purchased for a modest $22,000 at the OBS April 2-year-old sales, Turbo Compressor began his career at Gulfstream last winter finishing fourth in his debut and breaking his maiden in his second start when trained by Calder-based Gilberto Zerpa before being sent to Pletcher in New York in the spring.

Turbo Compressor paid $4.40 for $2 to win as the favorite and was timed the distance over ‘firm’ ground in a quick 1:39:60. Michael Bruder’s Guys Reward a half-length behind the runner-up in third and Phipps Stable’s second choice Boisterous another three-quarter of a length back in fourth in the field of six.

Quote of the Day: Todd Pletcher after Turbo Compressor won fourth race allowance: “He ran really well. After the Sunshine Millions (Classic) we were considering options and one of the owners suggested he had turf in his pedigree. We breezed him over it (Palm Meadows) and he obviously took to it. This was a legitimate test against some nice horses.

“On paper it looked like we had a pace advantage, but then we got pressure from that horse on the outside (Sleepless Knight). After that he just took off in the stretch. Like all turf races, its how you finish that counts. We’ll see how he comes out of it, but the options could include a race like the Maker’s Mark (Keeneland on Apr. 13).”

Who’s Hot: Jockey Javier Castellano tied and passed the all-time record for wins at a Gulfstream meet this week and went into Sunday’s program with an even 100 victories at the session. He added three more on the card, including one for leading trainer Todd Pletcher in the fourth race allowance when Turbo Compressor took a strong field wire-to-wire. Pletcher also won the first race Sunday and his total now stands at 62 tallies.

Work of the Day: Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 Sunday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher as he is kept on edge for a start in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Sat., Mar. 31 in a field led by early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Union Rags.

A chestnut colt by Pulpit, El Padrino was an impressive allowance winner over the Gulfstream track on Jan. 29 in his first start since finishing a close-up third in the Remsen Stsakes (G2) at Aqueduct in late November. After the allowance win he shipped to New Orleans to win the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds last out on Feb. 25.

Rainbow 6 Carryover: $241,182.73

Super Hi 5 Carryover: $12,225.59


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