11/12/2011 5:57PM

Calder: Turbo Compressor romps in Rose to cap a Florida Million Day of upsets

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Jim Lisa
Turbo Compressor leaves his rivals far behind in Saturday's Carl G. Rose Handicap.

MIAMI - The well-traveled Turbo Compressor made his first start at Calder a memorable one, dominating Saturday’s $150,000 Carl G. Rose Handicap by 10 1/2 widening lengths over Manicero. Mad Flatter, winner of the Grade 3 Spend a Buck here four weeks earlier, chased the winner to no avail before finishing a tiring third as the 7-5 favorite in a field of six Florida-breds.

The Carl G. Rose was the highlight of Saturday’s Florida Million card which featured eight stakes for statebreds offering total purses of $1 million.

Turbo Compressor, who was based at Calder last winter with trainer Gilberto Zerpa, has now started nine times at seven different tracks. He was transferred to trainer Todd Pletcher’s barn this spring after finishing third in the Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

Turbo Compressor, a 3-year-old son of Halo’s Image, broke alertly under jockey Luis Saez and quickly sprinted to command while stalked by Mad Flatter from the outset. Turbo Compressor, graded-stakes-placed this summer at Monmouth when third in the Grade 3 Pegasus, disposed of his early pursuer once settling into the stretch, then steadily increased his advantage while kept under pressure to the end.

Turbo Compressor raced without blinkers in the Rose after finishing fifth when trying blinkers for the first and only time in his previous start, an overnight stakes at Belmont Park, on Oct. 15.   

Manicero, a winner of four stakes in six local starts, made a futile run at the winner turning for home but proved no match, finishing second while 1 1/4 lengths clear of the tiring Mad Flatter.

Decaf Again, Too Experience, and The Best Glacier rounded out the complete order of finish.

Turbo Compressor, who is owned in partnership by P & G Stable and Off The Hook Racing, ran nine furlongs in 1:51.92 seconds over a fast track and returned $8.40.        

“He broke perfectly and I put him out to the lead easy,” said Saez. “He was very impressive. When I asked him, he responded and drew off. This is my first ride for Todd Pletcher.  I'm glad he won – I hope I can ride for him again.”

* Gibson turned in the biggest surprise on a day full of upsets when leading throughout to post a shocking 6 1/2-length victory over 2-1 favorite Pashito the Che in the $125,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap. Gibson, who ran under a $12,500 claiming tag in June, paid $71.20.

Gibson was ridden by Daniel Centeno for trainer Gerald Bennett.

Pashito the Che lost his best chance when he was steadied sharply inside rivals entering the far turn.

* Sinister Brew slipped through along the rail to outfinish Win Gera Lyn by three-quarters of a length, then withstood a claim of foul by the runner-up before being declared the official winner of the $100,000 Juvenile Fillies Turf. Montessa G. led through midstretch before tiring badly and finishing third as the 2-1 choice.

Sinister Brew ($15), a 2-year-old Milwaukee Brew filly, was ridden by Elvis Trujillo for trainer Jose Pinchin.

* Northern invader Bad Debt rallied to a three-quarter-length victory over the veteran Picou in the $125,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup. Roman Tiger finished third but was disqualified and placed sixth for interfering with Mimito Boy near midstretch.

Slews Answer, the final chance for a favorite to win one of the eight stakes on the card, finished fifth at odds of 7-5.

Bad Debt ($8.60) was guided to victory by jockey Kendrick Carmouche for trainer Michael Trombetta.