Comedero Wins Red Legend With Style

Son of Posse was never pushed while recording his eighth win in nine career races.

Comedero broke on the lead and was never challenged in winning the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes (VIDEO) as the 1-5 favorite at Charles Town Races & Slots on the night of June 19.

Ridden by Robby Albarado for trainer Michael Stidham and owner Peter Redekop, Comedero opened a seven-length lead mid-stretch in the seven-furlong test for 3-year-old sprinters and won in geared down fashion by 2 1/4 lengths over the late-closing Mylilsecret. Second choice Backtalk  finished third. The final time was 1:25.57 over a fast track, more than two seconds off the West Virginia track's mark of 1:23.29 established by P. Kerney in 2006.

Winner of the Chick Lang Stakes (gr. III) at Pimlico in his previous start, Comedero improved his career mark to eight victories in nine starts with earnings of $504,300 following the richest triumph of his career. The speedy Arkansas-bred son of Posse--Pawnee Patti, by Sir Richard Lewis, has won six races in a row, including both of his starts at Charles Town. The bay gelding won the seven-furlong Blue and Gold Stakes at Charles Town by nine lengths April 17.

Breaking from the middle of the seven-horse field, Comedero shot to the lead and built his advantage to five lengths after the opening half-mile while clicking off fractions of :23.46 and :46.31. Backtalk emerged from the pack on the final turn with Miguel Mena aboard to try to make a race of it but could make little impact in the homestretch. Mylilsecret, advancing from the rear of the field for Oliver Castillo after experiencing some traffic problems in the first half of the race, rallied strongly in the stretch. Though never a threat to the winner, Mylilsecret was cutting into Comedero's lead with every stride while finishing 3 1/2 lengths in front of Backtalk.

Then came Northern Giant, Son of a Bear, Kens Cape and Working Capital, who chased the pacesetter for a half-mile before yielding.

Comedero, who shared the top weight assignment of 124 pounds with Backtalk, earned $237,600 for the easy victory. McDowell Farm bred the winner, who paid $2.40, $2.20 and $2.20. Mylilsecret, the longest shot on the board at 41-1, returned $14 and $4.60 and completed a $33.60 exacta. Backtalk was $2.60 to show.