Baldwin S. (gr. III)

(gr. IIIT , abt 6.5f ,)

DESERT CODE (CH h, 117 lb) $63,960
E Dubai —Chatta Code , by Lost Code
B—ClassicStar, KY.; O—Tarabilla Farms, Inc.; T—David E. Hofmans

Bitter Bill (DK B/ g, 114 lb) $21,320
Cobra King —Revelation Bay , by Thirty Six Red
B—Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Williams, ID.; O—Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D.; T—Jeff Mullins

Vaunt (GB) (B g, 115 lb) $12,792
Averti (IRE) —Boast (GB) , by Most Welcome (GB)
B—Lord Rothschild, GB.; O—Gates, Angela and Scardino, Frank; T—Dan L. Hendricks

Margins: 1¾, ½, 2¼. Others: Newsworthy 114($6,396) , Spanish Influence 115($2,132) . Winning Jockey, Richard Migliore.

Desert Code has taken a liking to sprinting on turf at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old son of E Dubai captured the March 10 Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT) at 61/2 furlongs as the 4-5 favorite. Three weeks earlier, he won over the same course at the same distance. His Baldwin time, 1:11.96, was about a second faster.

“This is a real neat horse,” said winning rider Richard Migliore. “He’ll go to his left lead, then his right lead, and back again, whatever he needs to do. When he hits the front, he idles a bit, and he did it again today about 70 yards from the wire, when he lost his company. When I put my stick down, his head came up, and he wanted to wait on the other horses.”

Desert Code, who raced off the pace set by Newsworthy and Spanish Influence, took charge in the stretch. “I thought the first quarter was a little fast (:21.04), but it looked like Richard had him in good control,” said trainer David Hofmans. “It was good to see two horses out there.”

Hofmans privately purchased Desert Code last fall for Susan Osborne of Glendale, Calif., after the colt had made his first two starts for TYB Stable at Belmont Park. Osborne races him in the name of Tarabilla Farms.

“An agent spotted him while he was racing at Belmont, and I went to see him,” Hofmans said. “He was well-made. I watched tapes of his two races, and figured he would mature with time.”

Desert Code has won three of his four starts for Osborne, who campaigned earlier stakes winners Belle of Paducah and Cris the Swimmer in the Tarabilla name.

Bred in Kentucky by ClassicStar, Desert Code was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, to the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale, where Mike Ryan, agent, bought him for $150,000. The following year at the Fasig-Tipton Florida February sale of 2-year-olds in training, he was bought back for $145,000 while consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.

Desert Code is the fourth stakes performer from the stakes-winning Lost Code mare Chatta Code. He is a half-brother to stakes winner Soul Onarazorsedge and to stakes-placed Forest Code and Wasted Wisdom.

ClassicStar, located near Versailles, Ky., is the breeder of additional 2007 stakes winner Grat and earlier graded winners Magnificent Song and Evil Minister.

Desert Code is the first graded stakes winner by second-crop sire E Dubai, who sired 2006 stakes winners Barilko and Spark of Dubai. E Dubai, a two-time grade II winner, stands for $15,000 at Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley near Lexington.—D.S.