06/19/2010 11:00PM

Comedero keeps rolling in Red Legend


Down in Kent, Va., late Saturday afternoon, at Colonial Downs, Tizaqueena dead-heated for third in the All Along Stakes. A little more than 40 minutes later, Workin For Hops finished a game second in the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup. Not a bad showing for the two equine Chicago shippers. Two Chicago human shippers associated with the horses, trainer Mike Stidham and assistant trainer Hilary Pridham, then got into an automobile and drove north roughly 168 miles to Charles Town Races and Slots. Waiting was Comedero, who later Saturday night went out and routed six rivals in the .

Charles Town's track announcer wondered during the stretch call if Comedero might not be the best 3-year-old going right now. That seemed like hyperbole, but few horses of Comedero's generation have been as fast so far this year. Comedero has won all four of his 2010 starts, and won them by almost 30 lengths combined. His margin of victory in the two-turn, seven-furlong Red Legend was 2 1/4 lengths, but it might have been much more.

Comedero, sent straight to the front by Robby Albarado, made an easy lead, setting fractions of 23.46 seconds for his opening quarter-mile, and 46.31 to the half while racing unopposed. He cruised into the stretch widening his lead with every stride: It was up to seven lengths at the stretch call when Albarao peeked back, saw distant pursuers, and wrapped up on his mount. Mylilsecret bridged the gap with a late rally, but was not in the same class as the winner while outfinishing Backtalk for second. Comedero ($2.40) was timed in 1:25.57 for the seven furlongs.

Comedero, summering with Stidham's Delaware Park string, is an Arkansas-bred by Posse. Peter Redekop owns him, and also owns Woodbine-based Hollywood Hit, among the fastest synthetic-track sprinters in North America so far this year

In other Charles Town stakes action Saturday night:

* Trainer Jamie Ness is winning races at a 29 percent clip during 2010. He won two races from six tries at Charles Town in 2009, but the Ness-trained shipper My Friend Nev still went overlooked in the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful, paying $43.40 in an upset victory. My Friend Nev, a midlevel claimer most of his career, rallied on the outside to overtake Nay's Tap and favored Russell Road, winning by a neck. Russell Road, the 4-5 favorite, fell surprisingly far off the early pace, and could not sustain a lengthy move to the wire, fading late to third. The winner, owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds, and was timed in 1:25.38 for seven furlongs around two turns.

* Immortal Eyed ($10) dueled on a hot pace while racing inside, but still turned back Charles Town-loving Ju Jitsu Jack to win the $100,000 Invitational Dash by a half-length. Ridden by Erick Rodriguez, Immortal Eyes is trained by Damon Dilodovico for the Robert Abbo Racing Stable.

* Down Town Allen ($7.60) led throughout the $100,000 Lady Charles Town, winning by 4 1/2 lengths over Veronica's Lake.

* Still another front-running winner in the $51,350 Fancy Buckles, where Argent Affair broke on top and never looked back in the 4 1/2-furlong race for West Virginia-bred sprinting females.