Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.’s
COMEDERO sped to the lead, resisted pace pressure from Quiet Invader and powered away to victory in the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes presented by Apple Ford at Pimlico Race Course. The Grade 3 stakes honors the memory of the former Pimlico executive who passed away earlier in the year.
COMEDERO, a 3-year-old gelded son of POSSE, carried Robby Albarado to a victory by 3 ¾ lengths in a sparkling 1:10.16 for six furlongs over the fast main track. Latigo Shore rallied to finish second ahead of Quiet Invader, who faded to third after pressing the pace.
Michael Stidham trains the Arkansas-bred, who has won seven of eight lifetime starts, including the Razorback Futurity last year and the Mountain Valley, Rainbow and Blue N Gold Stakes this year, all contested at Oaklawn Park.
“He’s fast," said Albarado. "Obviously we don’t know how far he’s going to go, but three-quarters or seven-eighths is right up his alley. He goes very fast and finishes well. He does everything within himself with ease.”
“They can’t keep up with him," said Stidham. "When I saw the first quarter – 23-and-change – it made me feel great. Baffert’s horse (Quiet Invader) had to be pushed a little just to keep up with him. This is a really fast horse with a lot of upside.”
COMEDERO paid $3.40 to win while earning his first graded-stakes victory. He has now earned $266,700.