Comedero much the best in Lang


BALTIMORE -- Comedero furthered his stature in the 3-year-old sprint ranks with a thoroughly dominating victory Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes going six furlongs at Pimlico.

Always in front with Robby Albarado aboard, Comedero won by 3 3/4 lengths and returned $3.40 as the favorite in a field of six. Latigo Shore rallied late to take second, another 2 1/2 lengths before Quiet Invader, who had given closest chase to Comedero for most of the six-furlong journey. The winner finished in 1:10.16 over a fast track.

Comedero, an Arkansas-bred by Posse, now has won 7 of 8 career starts, with his only defeat coming last fall when trainer Michael Stidham stretched him out around two turns for the only time. Stidham intends to keep Comedero in sprints, with the $400,000 Red Legend going seven furlongs at Charles Town on June 19 being his next intended start.

"Every race, he keeps stepping up his game," said Stidham. "He's a very fast horse, and they just can't keep up with him."

Comedero, owned by Peter Redekop B.C., Ltd., now has won six stakes. He earned $60,000 to run his bankroll to $266,700.

The Lang is named for the longtime Pimlico general manager who was nicknamed "Mr. Preakness." Lang, who died in March at age 83, happened to have long-standing ties with Stidham's father, George, through their mutual friend, the late Hall of Fame jockey Bill Hartack. Pimlico renamed what had been the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes in Lang's honor this year.