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Pedigree Profile on Compari

By Thoroughbred Time Today
by Rommy Faversham
Front-running California-bred Compari held off a tough set of challengers and stretched his unbeaten streak to six as the four-year old Redattore (Brz) gelding set a measured pace to take the $150,000 Budweiser Arcadia Handicap (G2) by a half-length under Garrett Gomez on April 3 at Santa Anita Park.

Sent off as the 2-to-1 favorite in a field of seven in his graded stakes debut, Compari covered one mile in 1:34.03 on firm turf.

His three prior stakes victories were open scores in restricted state-bred races: the Crystal Water and Sensational Star Handicaps at Santa Anita and the Snow Chief Stakes at Hollywood Park. The bay gelding has won six times from seven starts and earned $422,640.

Bred in the Golden State by co-owners Harris Farms, John Nicoletti, and Donald Valpredo, Compari is one of three winners from as many starters out of the unraced Dixieland Band mare Southern Charm. Our subject’s stakes-winning second dam, Fantasy Lover, is a half sister to four-time Grade 1 winner and sire Bien Bien and dual Grade 3 winner Dr. Schwartzman. Fantasy Lover’s half sister Winter’s Gone produced Grade 1 winners Spring At Last and Sharp Lisa as well as Grade 2 winner Sharp Susan.

Compari hails from the second North American crop of dual hemisphere stallion Redattore, a Group 1 winner in Brazil before being sent to Southern California in 2001. At ages six through eight, Redattore flourished as one of the West Coast’s top grass horses. Best at a mile to 11⁄8 miles, he captured six graded stakes on turf, including two Grade 1 races. He also won a graded stakes on dirt.

Redattore entered stud in 2004 and generally divided his time and duties between Harris Farms in Coalinga, California, and Haras Sao Jose da Serra in Parana, Brazil. One of the leading sires in Brazil during the 2008-’09 season, Redattore has sired three Brazilian Group 1 winners, including champion miler Kapo Di Tutti.

Earlier this year, Redattore was purchased to stand full time at Haras Old Friends in Bage, Brazil, when the Southern Hemisphere breeding season begins in August. The Roi Normand stallion seems to be developing a rèsumè similar to that of his sire as both were Southern California Grade 1 winners who later went on to become leading Brazilian sires. Roi Normand probably is best known for siring 2000 champion older mare Riboletta (Brz).

Compari is expected to make his next start on May 31 at Hollywood Park in the Shoemaker Mile Stakes (G1), a race won by Redattore in 2003.
 


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