INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 22)-Less than one month removed from his first graded stakes victory, Compari will look for his seventh win in succession in the $100,000 Inglewood Handicap on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Trained by Marty Jones for owner-breeders John Harris, John Nicoletti and Don Valpredo, the 4-year-old California bred gelding by Redattore out of the Dixieland Band mare Southern Charm, has not lost since finishing third in his debut on Feb. 26, 2009 at Santa Anita.
Compari improved to 5-0 on grass with a wire-to-wire victory as the 2-1 favorite in the Arcadia Handicap, a Grade II, on the Santa Anita Derby undercard on April 3.
With six victories in seven tries, Compari, who will be ridden by Garrett Gomez and break from post 2 while carrying top weight of 120 pounds, has earned $422,640. The Inglewood, a Grade III at 1 1/16 miles on turf, will be run on the one year anniversary of Compari’s first stakes win.
Last April 25, Compari led throughout to capture the $250,000 TVG Snow Chief Stakes, winning at 5-1 over eight rivals.
From the inside out, here are the Inglewood entrants: Glowing Praise, jockey Brice Blanc, 112 pounds; Compari, Gomez, 120; Lease Of Life, Tyler Baze, 114; Dark Islander, Joel Rosario, 113; Great Siege, Victor Espinoza, 114; Monterey Jazz, Martin Garcia, 119; Acclamation, Joe Talamo, 116; Rummysecret War, Silvio Amador, 108; Red Alert Day, Rafael Bejarano, 114; Quindici Man, Alonso Quinonez, 114 and Gallant Son, Mike Smith, 115.
Owned by A&R Stables LLC and Class Racing and trained by Craig Dollase, Monterey Jazz has started only once in 2010. He was second to Bold Chieftain in a $38,940 allowance on the Golden Gate main track on April 2, finishing three-quarters of a length behind the California bred millionaire.
A 6-year-old Thunderello horse out of the Dynaformer mare Reefside, Monterey Jazz should welcome a return to Hollywood Park. He has won all three of his starts on the local turf, including a 3 ¼ length victory in the American Handicap, a Grade II, last July 4. Monterey Jazz has won eight of 23 lifetime while earning $684,480.
The Inglewood is the eighth of nine races on the card. Post time for the opener is 1 p.m.
In addition on Sunday, talented sprinter Kinsale King will be honored in a ceremony in the winner’s circle between the second and third races.
Owned by Patrick Sheehy and trained by Carl O’Callaghan, the 5-year-old Yankee Victor gelding scored his biggest win on March 27, taking the $2 million Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.
The victory was the fourth in a row for Kinsale King and his third consecutive in a graded stakes.
A winner of five of eight with earnings of $1,407,080, Kinsale King began his streak of stakes wins in the Vernon O. Underwood, a Grade III, last Dec. 6 at Hollywood Park.
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