12/13/2009 12:00AM

Comedero getting test of a second turn


The undefeated Comedero has answered every question put before him, from winning his debut, to taking a statebred stakes, to defeating open stakes rivals. Sunday, there's more new territory for him to chart. Comedero will make his first start around two turns in the $200,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park.

"This will tell us a lot about his future, what direction we go in," said his trainer, Michael Stidham.

The Springboard, which last year was run as the $125,000 MEC Mile, has been boosted in value and pushed back from its traditional October date. The changes have yielded a full field of 12 juveniles, with Turf Melody invading from Laurel, Kerrville entering off a 10-length allowance win at Zia, and Man Chester Man seeking his fifth stakes win of 2009.

Comedero is up from Fair Grounds, where in his last start he led throughout for a 1 3/4-length win in the $56,000 Old Hickory on Nov. 7. He covered six furlongs in a sharp 1:10, under regular rider James Graham.

"He felt like he had another gear left, and I hope that plays out in this race," Stidham said. "We're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that he does handle the two turns. I don't think you really know the answers to those questions until you try it.

"He's a pretty kind horse to deal with, which gives you an indication he will relax well enough to finish."

Comedero has set the pace in most of his races, and after breaking from the rail in the Old Hickory drew an outside post for the Springboard Mile.

"The 10 hole going two turns wasn't the best post, but with speed inside of us at least we'll be able to watch from out there," Stidham said. "If something really goes, we might be able to stalk."

Auspicious Risk, who was fourth in the Old Hickory, will also be stretching out Sunday.

"I think he's a horse that wants the two turns," said his trainer, Bret Calhoun.

Steve Asmussen, who will win the Remington training title when the meet closes Monday, will start Magic Max, who was placed first in a maiden race last out at Churchill, and Buggs Pride, a sharp maiden winner at Remington.

Turf Melody has placed in two stakes this fall, running third in the Swynford at Woodbine and third in the Spectacular Bid at Arlington Park. Jeremy Rose has the mount for trainer Graham Motion.