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2nd at 5JOE HERNANDEZ S.
(T abt 6.5f , to Desert Code, defeating Night Chapter (GB), Towzee (NZ), Marvel Wood, Charmo (FR) ).
Desert Code seems to be gearing up for another fine campaign. A two-time graded winner last year, he captured the March 22 Joe Hernandez Stakes on grass at Santa Anita in his second outing this year.
Sent off the 5-1 fourth choice in the evenly matched field of six, Desert Code took commend in the stretch and won by two lengths over Tenga Cat for Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms.
Desert Code was both a graded winner in 2007 on dirt and turf. He won the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) and Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT). His stakes-placings included efforts in the Hollywood Turf Express Handicap (gr. IIIT), the Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. III), and the La Puente Stakes on grass.
Trainer David Hofmans privately purchased Desert Code as a 2-year-old for Osborne of Glendale, Calif., after the son of E Dubai had made his first two starts for TYB Stable at Belmont Park. Taken to California, Desert Code won at Hollywood Park in his next start. He was consigned to the 2007 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale by Warrendale Sales, agent, but was withdrawn.
Desert Code is one of three stakes winners out of stakes winner Chatta Code and all three are by different stallions. Her first added-money winner, Soul Onarazorsedge, is by Carson City, and her second, Forest Code, is by Forestry. Forest Code was sold for $350,000 at this year’s Keeneland January sale to Vin Cox Bloodstock. Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned as agent.
Desert Code and Forest Code were bred in Kentucky by ClassicStar. Among the other stakes winners bred by ClassicStar are French classic winner Astronomer Royal and graded winners Bear Now, Burmilla, Evil Minister, and Magnificent Song.
Desert Code first was sold at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale, where Mike Ryan, agent, bought him for $150,000 from Taylor Made, agent.
Chatta Code now is owned by John Sykes and Tony Ferguson’s Woodford Thoroughbreds, which is located near Versailles, Ky. Chatta Code is in foal to E Dubai and is booked to Forestry’s son, grade I winner Discreet Cat.
E Dubai has sired seven stakes winners, including additional 2008 added-money winners Buy the Barrel and Once More Dubai (in Italy). E Dubai stands for $15,000 at Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley near Lexington.—D.S.
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