Undefeated in three starts, Comedero is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the $200,000 Springboard Mile, Remington Park's richest 2-year-old race of the year on Dec. 13.
A field of 12 is entered for the main track event.
Comedero is trained by Michael Stidham and will be ridden by James Graham, who was up for Comedero's most recent effort, a 1 3/4-length win in the Nov. 7 Old Hickory Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The Springboard Mile will be the first race of more than six furlongs for Comedero.
An Arkansas-bred colt by Posse from the Sir Richard Lewis mare Pawnee Patti, Comedero broke his maiden against open company at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., by 12 1/2 lengths in early September before winning the Razorback Futurity for state-breds in October.
Turf Melody, to be ridden by Jeremy Rose for trainer Graham Motion, is 4-1 on the morning line. The Maria's Mon colt has made six starts at six different racetracks, winning twice and finishing third in two other attempts. He broke his maiden at Colonial Downs in Virginia in June before running third in stakes events at Arlington Park and Woodbine.
After a seventh-place run in the $125,000 Bourbon Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland in October, Turf Melody won an allowance test at Laurel in early November.
Man Chester Man, one of two geldings in the field, was bred in Kansas and is owned by Cindy Nottingham and Charles Redfern of Manchester, Okla. The son of Grand On Dave has already made $134,974 in his career, winning six of nine races.
Trained by Cash Asmussen, a "road less traveled" strategy has worked just fine for the 5-1 morning line shot Man Chester Man. He has scored wins in the Manor Thoroughbred Futurity in south Texas, a pair of stakes at the Anthony Fair in Kansas over the summer, and the Lafayette Stakes at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana. He won the prep race for the Springboard Mile at Remington Park in November.
Trainer Steve Asmussen, who recently broke his record for wins in a single season, has a pair in the Springboard -- Magic Max (6-1) and Buggs Pride (12-1).
Magic Max, a son of Yes It's True , ran five times in Southern California this summer with his best finish a fourth in the Barretts Juvenile at Fairplex in September. Jermaine Bridgmohan will be aboard Magic Max, who broke his maiden last month at Churchill Downs when elevated from second due to interference. Magic Max posted a sharp half-mile breeze Dec. 8 at Remington Park in :49.91 over a fast track to prep for the Springboard.
Buggs Pride, a Florida-bred colt by Western Pride, won his only start at Remington, breaking his maiden at one mile and 70 yards by 4 1/2 lengths. Floyd Wethey Jr. takes the mount on the 12-1 shot.
$200,000 Springboard Mile Stakes (Race 10, 5:33 p.m.), 2-Year-Olds
PP. Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML Odds
1. Perfect Drive, Steve Hobby, Cliff Berry, 10-1
2. Magic Max, Steve Asmussen, Jermaine Bridgmohan, 6-1
3. Man Chester Man, Cash Asmussen, Don Pettinger, 5-1
4. Productive Envoy, Tony Richey, Quincy Hamilton, 20-1
5. Kitty’s Turn, Gary Thomas, Luis Quinonez, 10-1
6. Ron the Greek, Tom Amoss, Glen Murphy, 12-1
7. Turf Melody, Graham Motion, Jeremy Rose, 4-1
8. Auspicious Risk, Bret Calhoun, Curtis Kimes, 15-1
9. Prince Eddington, Allen Milligan, Chris Landeros, 20-1
10. Comedero, Michael Stidham, James Graham, 3-1
11. Kerrville, Pat Swan, Cindy Murphy, 20-1
12. Buggs Pride, Steve Asmussen, Floyd Wethey Jr., 12-1
Each to carry 120 pounds.