02/25/2012 7:30PM

Oaklawn: Comedero still king of the Arkansas-breds

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Comedero won the 10th stakes of his career in Saturday's Nodouble at Oaklawn Park.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.- Comedero made a triumphant return to the races Saturday at Oaklawn Park, when he won the $50,000 Nodouble in hand in his first start since battling back from a severe infection. He withstood pace pressure in the six furlong race for Arkansas-breds, shook his rival, then cruised home in 1:10.52.

“He’s a racehorse,” said Cliff Berry, who was aboard Comedero for Peter Redekop and trainer Michael Stidham.

The Nodouble was one of two stakes on the card. Berry also won the $50,000 Downthedustyroad, for statebred fillies and mares, aboard All About Allie ($3.80).

Comedero ($2.80) was making his first start in about four months on Saturday. His return to the races was delayed when he came down with an infection in one of his hind legs, in the hock area, in November.

Comedero broke well from the rail and proceeded to set the pace while under pressure from Destinare. The pair raced through an opening quarter in 21.79 seconds. Comedero shook his pace rival through a half-mile in 45.23 and went on to win with ease. It was Comedero’s second straight win in the race, and his 10th stakes victory overall. Comedero has now won 11 of 18 starts and $669,814.

In the Downthedustyroad, All About Allie settled in third as Explosive Disco jumped out to the lead and was clear through fractions of 21.71 for the opening quarter and 44.94 for the half-mile. All About Allie took up the chase in earnest into the stretch, got past Explosive Disco with a furlong to run, going on to cover six furlongs in a stakes-record time of 1:10.54.

All About Allie, who won by three lengths, races for Sanders Brothers and is trained by David Whited.

Whited said there is a chance All About Allie will make her next start in the $50,000 Arkansas Breeders’ on March 25. The mile and a sixteenth race for Arkansas-bred fillies and mares would be a rare two-turn start for All About Allie.

“We’ll just see how everything goes,” said Whited.

All About Allie, whose five career stakes wins have come in sprints, earned $30,000 for her win Saturday. She is a 4-year-old by Storm and a Half and she has now won 7 of 15 starts and $233,867.

*The ontrack crowd Saturday was 17,034.