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Saturday, July 30, 2011

One-A-Day Toddster

Turbo Compressor ($15.20) won the 7th on Friday, the Curlin Stakes, thus stretching Pletcher's streak of one (and only one) winner per day at Saratoga to seven (from 31 starters). Javier Castellano gunned the son of Halo's Image to the front, adroitly slowed things down to a 25 second pace for the second and third quarters, and left his opponents flailing futilely as he held at bay a pair of more energetically urged rivals through a subsequent quarter of 23 3/5; that's the way it's done. Turbo Compressor is out of an unraced Wild Event mare who's a half-sister to the three-time G1 winner Southern Image.

- Disappointment for trainer Tom Bush, who had to scratch his Grade 1 winner Get Stormy from Sunday's Fourstardave. The trainer also had some disappointment on Friday, if a little less profound, when his Structural Change lost an agonizing nose decision in the 5th. I know I was disappointed, and I know of at least one other horseplayer who I suspect was as well. Still, this is a hot barn, with two winners and two close seconds from seven starters thus far; definitely pays to follow

- Bill Mott has just two winners from his 15 starters thus far, but they were both doozies...and both came in maiden specials on the turf. I wrote about Star Torina ($25.80) in this post. And on Friday, he took the second with Reach a Decision ($26.20). Unlike Star Torina, this was not a first-timer, but it was its first try on turf. By the AP Indy sire Aptitude out of an Unbridled's Song mare, Reach a Decision hails from the distaff family of the Euro juvenile champion and Two Thousand Guineas winner Zafonic.