BALTIMORE,MD 05-15-10 – 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 at Pimlico. The Grade 2 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.
Comedero paid $3.40 to win while earning his first graded-stakes victory.
Chick Lang Stakes Quotes
Michael Stidham (winning trainer, Comedero) – “They can’t keep up with him. 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.”
Robby Albarado (winning jockey, Comedero) – “He’s fast. 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.”
Nick Zito (trainer, Latigo Shore, 2nd) – “He ran great. We’re very, very happy. Mike did a great job. Now you can go anywhere with this horse. We’ve always had high aspirations about him. This works out good, because (Comedero) looks like a tremendous sprinter. We’re in good shape.”
Mike Smith (jockey, Latigo Shore, 2nd) – “He ran good. The winner was tough. That was the move: to sit back and make one big move because I knew there was going to be a lot of pace. I knew if I was going to go with the winner, it wasn’t going to work. I’m glad we got second.”
Bob Baffert (trainer, Quiet Invader, 3rd) – “The horse that looked great on paper won it. Our horse just got tired. I told (Martin Garcia) to press him, but that horse is a really good horse. We just got outrun.”
Martin Garcia (jockey, Quiet Invader, 3rd) – “We got into a good battle, and he got a little tired. I thought he was going to run better. He usually shows me a lot more, but it was his first time on dirt.”