07/30/2011 4:28PM

Saratoga: Pletcher has options with Turbo Compressor

Barbara D. Livingston
Turbo Compressor wins Friday's Curlin Stakes under Javier Castellano.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said he would evaluate the results of the Jim Dandy and Haskell Invitational before deciding whether to run Turbo Compressor back in the $1 million Travers Stakes here on Aug. 27.

On Friday, Turbo Compressor went gate to wire to win the $75,000 Curlin Stakes by 2  3/4 lengths over favored Raison d’Etat. Turbo Compressor, a son of Halo’s Image, ran the 1  1/8 miles in 1:51.12 and was given a 101 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort. The time was faster than Convocation’s time of 1:52.64 for the same distance winning a third-level allowance race earlier on the card.

“We were just sort of taking that step as kind of a feeler to see where we were,” Pletcher said. “I think the time ended up stacking up pretty favorably to the Convocation race; just analyzing it from that standpoint it’s a good, solid race. We won’t rush to any judgment, we’ll see what happens in the Jim Dandy and the Haskell.”

Bill Mott, the trainer of Raison d’Etat, said he would strongly consider running his horse back in the Travers. Raison d’Etat, a son of Grade 1 winners Empire Maker and Sightseek, picked up the chase of the loose-on-the-lead Turbo Compressor around the turn and into the stretch and appeared to shy away from the whip of jockey Eddie Castro.

Champagne d’Oro to Honorable Miss

Trainer Eric Guillot, who sent out Moreno’s Mon to register a $75 shocker in Friday’s sixth race, confirmed he’ll run 2010 Test winner Champagne d’Oro in Sunday’s Grade 2 Honorable Miss.

Champagne d’Oro is winless in five starts since exploding to a 4 1/2-length victory in the Grade 1 Test. She returned from a six-month layoff to finish fifth after prompting a very fast pace in Calder’s Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap on July 9.

“I thought she ran great coming off a six-month layoff and shipping into that sand pile and bucking the bias down there,” said Guillot. “The track started off favoring speed that day but got deeper as it dried out. They went 21-and-1 for the first quarter and the three horses she chased wound up finishing eighth, ninth, and 10th while she held on to get beat only a few lengths.

“I’d really love to stretch her out but it would be kind of stupid to pass up a Grade 2 race, over a track she loves, running out of her own stall next week. If all goes well, she’ll come back in the Ballerina at the end of the meet.”

Maan to try Saratoga Special

Trainer Eddie Kenneally scratched his undefeated 2-year-old prospect Maan last Sunday out of the six-furlong Sanford with the idea of bringing him back on Aug. 15 in the Grade 2, 6 1/2-furlong Saratoga Special. Maan, a son of Malibu Moon, rallied to a popular 1  1/2-length victory in his only start earlier this month at Churchill Downs.

“I scratched him more because of the timing than any other reason,” said Kenneally. “And the extra distance shouldn’t hurt.”

Afleet Again switching to turf

When last seen locally, Afleet Again was finishing fourth in the 2010 Travers. On Friday, Afleet Again will return to Saratoga where he’ll try turf for the first time in his career in the 1 1/8-mile John’s Call overnight stakes.

Afleet Again is winless in nine starts since upsetting the Grade 3 Withers at odds of 24-1 for trainer Butch Reid. early in his 3-year-old campaign. He is coming off a third-place finish in Parx’s 1 1/2-mile Greenwood Cup on July 16.

“With his style of running we thought he might go well on the turf,” said Reid’s wife Ginny on Saturday. “And the distance should be easier for him too.”

Jockey award to be named for Cordero

The Saratoga riding title will be named in honor of Angel Cordero Jr., the New York Racing Association announced Saturday. Last year, the NYRA named the trainers’ title in honor of Allen Jerkens.

Cordero won the Saratoga riding title 14 times, including 11 straight from 1976-87.

“For most of the 1970s and all of the 1980s, Angel Cordero Jr. and Saratoga were synonymous,” said NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward. “We are extremely pleased to honor Angel by naming racing’s most prestigious jockey title after him.”

Jockeys to play softball for charity

After losing a charity basketball game to horsemen, 51-44, last Wednesday, members of the Saratoga jockey colony will try their hand at softball Monday night when they take on members of the Philadelphia Orchestra in a game to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

The game will be played at the East Side Recreation Field in Saratoga at 7 p.m. Admission to the game is $2 with children under 12 admitted free.

– additional reporting by Mike Welsch