03/21/2012 8:35AM

Todd's New Turf Star? Orfevre's Amazing Trip


TURBO COMPRESSOR, a four-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher, blitzed high-end optional claimers in his turf debut to the tune of a 105 Beyer Speed Figure.  A multiple stakes-winner on dirt at nine furlongs, Turbo Compressor set fractions of 23.21 and 47.19 while pressured by SLEEPLESS KNIGHT.  Turbo Compressor opened up on that foe after six furlongs in 1:10.88 and finished up the 1 1/16 miles in 1:39.60.  Turbo Compressor is by Halo's Image and is a half-brother to Stormy Dixie, the winner of the $60,000 Politely Stakes on grass at Monmouth.  A graded stakes appearance on turf at Keeneland may be next for Turbo Compressor.


*Z ROCKSTAR, beaten over 14 lengths by SECRET CIRCLE an a division of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn on February 20, rebounded to improve his Beyer 20 points in winning an entry-level allowance at 1 1/16 last Friday.  Secret Circle, of course, came back to flatter that faster division of the Southwest by taking the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes on Saturday for Bob Baffert.  Z Rockstar is an Oklahoma-bred son of Rockport Harbor out of the stakes-winning turf mare Nasty Little Star and is a half-brother to stakes-placed sprinter John's Burger.  The homebred gelding is trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel.

*At Santa Anita, SENOR RAIN, a three-year-old gelded son of El Nino, dropped out of the graded ranks to post a 92-Beyer score in an $80,000 optional claimer at seven furlongs.  Trained by Peter Miller, Senor Rain already has lots of blacktype.  Last year, he was second in the C. B. Afflerbaugh Stakes at Fairplex, finished second in the Indiana Futurity at Hoosier and was third, behind Liasion, in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood.  Senor Rain kicked off 2012 with a third-place finish in the $100,000 California Derby before finishing ninth in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby on February 18.  Senor Rain sold for $38,000 last April and Miller has indicated that Senor Rain may re-enter the stakes ranks for his next start.  

*TERM LOAN, a $17,000 yearling that resold for $90,000 last April, graduated in a one-mile maiden special weight over the Aqueduct inner track on Saturday.  A runner-up in his three previous starts, Term Loan went right to the front under Alan Garcia, backed down the fractions and had plenty left in the drive to post a 90-Beyer win.  This was his fifth career race, however, and Term Loan might be hard-pressed to run back to this start against tougher competition.  He is by City Place and is a half-brother to Grade 3 route winner Tahkodha Hills. 

*Speaking of 3-year-olds, you can find the latest "Under the Radar" column at the below link:



The Vinery Spiral Stakes may be one of the featured races for this Week, but Alan Levitt's handicapping analysis for a "Race for the Ages" can be found at the below link (you may skip over if you aren't interested in two respected "Blue Thongs" battling for supremacy):



ON THE WORKTAB (Horse, Last Race, Workout)

*PACIFIC OCEAN (1st Vernon O. Underwood, 6F - HOL, 11/26/11) - 4F - 48.40B - RQHS MILE - 3/20/12
*SMILING TIGER (4th Pat O'Brien, 7F - DMR, 8/28/11) - 4F - 46.80H - HOL - 3/20/12
*NIGHT TIDE (5th Best Pal, 6.5F - DMR, 8/7/11) - 6F - 1:12.40H - SA - 3/20/12 (missed time due to knee chip) - 3/20/12
*CONTESTED (1st maiden special weight, 6F - SA, 10/2/11) - 5F - 1:00.40H - SA (chipped ankle) - 3/20/12
*BRIDGETOWN (1st Troy Stakes, 5.5F turf - SAR, 8/17/11) - 4F - 48.60B - Winding Oaks Farm - 3/17/12
*HAIMISH HY (5th Charles Whittingham, 10F turf - HOL, 6/11/11) - 8F - 1:40.40 - HOL (filling in ankle) - 3/19/12
*SASSY IMAGE (6th Ballerina - 7F - SAR, 8/27/11) - 5F - 1:01.00B - PMM (torn quarter left front foot, chip right hind ankle) - 3/19/12
*GIANT RYAN (8th Breeders' Cup Sprint - 6F - CD, 11/5/11) - 4F - 47.60H - CRC (respiratory infection) - 3/17/12
*PRESIOUS PASSION (5th Sunshine Millions Turf - 9F turf, SA, 1/29/11) - 3F - 36.00B - GP - 3/17/12
*ROGUE ROMANCE (3rd Risen Star, 8.5F - FG, 2/19/11) - 4F - 49.30B - GP (fractured left front foot) - 3/17/12
*OVERDRIVEN (1st Sanford - 6F - SAR, 7/24/11) - 3F - 38.66B - PMM (cannon bones)
*RAIL TRIP (DNF Sunny and Mild Stakes - 9F - AQU, 11/17/11) - 3F - 37.20H - HOL (grabbed quarter)


Here are the top 25 winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's races (3/12/12 - 3/18/12):

1.  TURBO COMPRESSOR - 105 - OC 100k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Gulfstream
2.  BOLD DEED - 102 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
2.  HAVRE DE GRACE - 102 - New Orleans Ladies Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Fair Grounds
2.  TIZ ME SUE - 102 - Azeri Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - Oaklawn
5.  FORDANGSHORE - 100 - Bensalem Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Parx
6.  CANONIZE - 99 - Santana Mile - 1 Mile - Santa Anita
7.  FLAT BOLD - 97 - Time Tested Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
7.  MARILYN'S GUY - 97 - Excelsior Stakes (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
7.  VISCOUNT - 97 - OC 50k/N2X -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
10. ACAFFELLA - 96 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Tapeta) - Golden Gate
10. LIVE SUNDAYS - 96 - Alw 46123NC - 1 Mile (Tapeta) - Golden Gate
10. Z ROCKSTAR - 96 - Alw 52000N2L - 1 1/16 Miles - Oaklawn
13. GEMOLOGIST - 95 - Alw 69500NC - 1 Mile - Gulfstream
13. INCLUDE ME OUT - 95 - Santa Margarita Stakes - (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles - Santa Anita
13. MUSICAL ROMANCE - 95 - Inside Information Stakes (G2) - 7 Furlongs - Gulfstream
16. TAPITSFLY - 94 - Honey Fox Stakes (G2) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Gulfstream
17. CYCLOMETER - 93 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Santa Anita
18. MAUI MARK - 92 - Clm c-(20-18) - 6 Furlongs - Santa Anita
18. SECRET CIRCLE - 92 - Rebel Stakes (G2) - 1 Mile - Oaklawn
18. SENOR RAIN - 92 - OC 80k/N1X - 7 Furlongs - Santa Anita
18. SPEIGHT THE HALO - 92 - Clm 32000 - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Gulfstream
18. WASH PARK - 92 - OC 62k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - Fair Grounds
23. BUTTON EM UP - 90 - Clm 3000N2Y - 6 Furlongs - Turf Paradise
23. TERM LOAN - 90 - Md Sp Wt 65k - 1 Mile (Inner Dirt) - Aqueduct
23. UPGRADE - 90 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - Gulfstream
23. WHIPSAW CITY (Fr) - 90 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - Gulfstream

*TURBO COMPRESSOR's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*MAUI MARK was claimed for $20,000 by trainer Bob Hess Jr. from Mark Glatt.


Can you tell me why FLATTER was retired from racing at age 4 ?
Curt V.

Flatter raced four times at three before suffering a severe cannon bone injury.  He underwent surgery to insert 14 screws and a plate into the injured limb and then had another surgery to remove the hardware.  He returned to run twice at four, earning triple-digit speed figures on both occasions, but was retired following a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Washington Park Handicap.  I'm not sure whether the prior injury had anything to do with his retirement.


Hi Dan, did you see the Hanshin Daishoten ran last sunday in Japan? it was amazing how Orfevre was riden, I don't know what really happened, could it was a kind of match-fixing?, Orfevre is really a monster, I think he can toy with every field right now in the same way his connections toyed with the bettors? please, could you post his pps thanks a lot!

I have to admit that Orfevre's trip was one of the strangest I've seen.  His rider said that Orfevre (#12, breaks from far outside) tried to bolt when well clear of the field going into the final turn and that's why he dropped back to last.  Last year's Japanese Triple Crown winner, and Horse of the Year, truly ran an amazing race.  The major goal this year is the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. 

You can see the race in this link: http://jra.jp/JRADB/asx/2012/09/201201090811h.asx

Orfevre's past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.


Congrats to Biggar W for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.  Let's go with Friday's seventh at Santa Anita for the next race.


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