P and G Stables and Off The Hook Racing’s Turbo Compressor, one of four 3-year-olds in the six-horse field, took the lead from the start and cruised to victory in the $150,000 Carl G. Rose Classic on Florida Millions Day at Calder Casino & Race Course Nov. 12 (VIDEO).
Luis Saez, leading rider at the Tropical-at-Calder meet, was aboard the Florida-bred ridgling for trainer Todd Pletcher. Turbo Compressor, by Halo's Image out of the Wild Event mare Dixieland Event, was bred by Bridlewood Farm.
Turbo Compressor, third in the grade III Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park in June and fourth in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx Racing in September, finished fifth in a stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Oct. 15 with blinkers on. Pletcher removed the blinkers for the Carl G. Rose Classic, which was run at 1 1/8 miles.
Turbo Compressor set fractions of :24 for the opening quarter-mile, :48.64 for a half-mile, 1:12.64 for six furlongs, and 1:38.46 for a mile while nursing a one- to two-length lead. He pulled away in the stretch to win by 10 1/2 lengths in 1:51.42 on a fast track.
Turbo Compressor paid $8.40 to win as the third choice. Manicero, the second choice, sat in third for the most of the way before overtaking favored Mad Hatter for second. Mad Hatter was clearly third best after stalking the leader through the first mile of the race.
Ginny Di Pasquale, an assistant to Pletcher, said Turbo Compressor didn’t care for racing in blinkers last time, so the equipment was removed.
“This race was a natural for him with the distance and the fact he’s a Florida-bred,” DiPasquale said. “He has won races before going wire-to-wire like he did today.”
“He broke perfectly and I put him out to an easy lead,” Saez said. “When I asked him he responded and drew off. This is my first ride for Todd Pletcher. I’m glad he won, and I hope I can ride for him again.”
Turbo Compressor is now four-for-nine with a second and a third.
In other races on the Florida Millions program, Robert Liebner’s Bad Debt (Grand Reward) won the $125,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup (VIDEO); Tracy Pinchin’s Sinister Brew (Milwaukee Brew ) won the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes (VIDEO); Sundance Thoroughbreds’ Gibson (Gibson County) won the Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap (VIDEO); Tony Investments’ My Pal Christie (Alex’s Pal) won the Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap (VIDEO); Italo (With Distinction ), owned by trainer Wesley Ward and Ice Wine Stables, won the Arthur I. Appleton Juvenile Turf Stakes (VIDEO); Peras International’s Yara (Put It Back ) won the Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies Stakes (VIDEO); and Maestre Racing Stable’s For Oby (With Distinction) won the Jack Price Juvenile Stakes (VIDEO).