INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 13, 2011)—Compari, whose stakes victories include the 2009 Snow Chief, will make his first start in more than six months in the $60,000 Night Mover Friday night at Hollywood Park.
The Night Mover, which will be run at six furlongs on turf, is the seventh of eight races. Post time is 7:05 p.m. At the conclusion of the program – approximately 10:30 p.m. – a concert starring Rebelution will begin at the North Park Lawn.
Owned by breeders John Harris, John Nicoletti and Don Valpredo and trained by Marty Jones, Compari has been away since finishing fourth as the even-money favorite in a $72,600 allowance over the Hollywood Park grass May 8.
A California bred son of Redattore and the Dixieland Band mare Southern Charm, the 5-year-old gelding has won six of 11 and earned $443,320. After his 1 ¾ length victory in the Snow Chief, the feature attraction of California Gold Rush Day, Compari followed with stakes wins at Santa Anita in the Sensational Star, Crystal Water and Grade II Arcadia Handicap.
He has won five of eight on turf. One of those victories came at Hollywood Park as he captured a $44,080 allowance by two lengths Dec. 17, 2009.
Another quality gelding returning after being sidelined is Mr Gruff. A two time winner of the Grade III San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita, the 7-year-old Mr. Greeley gelding out of the Clever Trick mare Ruff hasn’t started since finishing 16th in the Group II Al Quoz Sprint March 26 at Meydan Race Course in the United Arab Emirates.
Trained by Ron Ellis for owner Gary Broad, Mr Gruff has won five of 10 and banked $259,680. All of his wins have come in eight races on turf.
The winner of the Harry Henson Stakes April 21 in his sole appearance on the turf at Hollywood Park, Ain’t No Other will be seeking his seventh lifetime win for owner-breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds.
Trained by Steve Miyadi, the 3-year-old Old Topper gelding out of the Shadeed mare Miami Margie has started 11 times and banked $214,243.
Al Instante will be aiming for his third win in his last four starts for Green Grass Stables and trainer Ruben Cardenas. The Chilean bred son of Caesarion and the Carson City mare Alphagram has won seven of 13 and earned $109.378. The 4-year-old is 2-for-5 in the United States.
One of two females in the lineup is A Jealous Woman, who hasn’t raced since finishing third in the 2010 Irish O’Brien Stakes for trainer Bill Spawr 20 months ago at Santa Anita.
Owned by Three Cent Stable and now in the barn of Francis Meza, the 5-year-old daughter of Muqtarib and the Fly So Free mare Miss Free Bird has four wins in six attempts and a bankroll of $150,080. She is undefeated in two races over the Hollywood Park grass, both at the Night Mover distance.
Claimed for $62,500 Oct. 22, Lt. Hopeful will be making his initial appearance for owner Frank Scardino and trainer Mike Mitchell.
A 5-year-old Bernstein gelding out of the Bright Launch mare Bright Orange, Lt. Hopeful has won three of 18 while earning $135,058. A win in the Night Mover would be his first on turf. He is 0-for-9 on the surface, finishing second once and third twice. Both of his third place finishes were at Hollywood Park.
Ash Zee, a 4-year-old Exchange Rate filly out of the Tactical Cat mare Wickedly Wise, shortens up after finishing fifth in the Grade II Las Palmas Nov. 6 at Santa Anita.
Owned by Robert S. Evans and trained by Neil Drysdale, Ash Zee has won three of nine with earnings of $145,684.
A double winner over the local grass, Sirocco Strike returns to turf after finishing fifth and third in two starts at the recent Santa Anita season. The 4-year-old son of Forestry and the Smart Strike mare Wishful Splendor is 2-for-10 with $85,280 in earnings for owner Truline Racing and trainer Bob Troeger.
Owned by North American Thoroughbred Racing and trained by Troy Taylor, St Liams Halo will be making his California debut. The 4-year-old Saint Liam gelding out of the Broad Brush mare Foolishly has won four of 11 and banked $130,999 while competing in Louisiana, Illinois and Canada.
He arrives at Hollywood Park having won three of four in 2011 at Hastings Park in Vancouver. He hasn’t started since July 17.
The Florida bred has never been worse than second in five races on grass, winning once.From inside out, the field for the Night Mover Stakes: Al Instante, Hector Berrios rides, 122 pounds; A Jealous Woman, Kayla Stra, 118; Ash Zee, Joe Talamo, 115; Sirocco Strike, Agapito Delgadillo, 118; St Liams Halo, Mario Gutierrez, 122; Lt. Hopeful, Martin Garcia, 118; Compari, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Mr Gruff, Joel Rosario, 118 and Ain’t No Other, Victor Espinoza, 120.
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