VA-BRED CODE WEST 2ND IN RISEN STAR GR2

CODE WEST ON THE RAIL (Hodges Photography, Lou Hodges Jr.)

Virginia-bred Code West , making his sixth career start, was second beaten a nose by Ive Struck A Nerve in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes Gr.2 Saturday at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

The winner struck a few nerves, paying $272.40 to win the Kentucky Derby prep race.

Code West is by Lemon Drop Kid, out of Charitabledonation by Saint Ballado.  He is a full-brother to $475,800 graded stakes winner Charitable Man who won the Gr. 2 Peter Pan at Belmont Park.  He was sold as a yearling by his breeder, the late Edward P. Evans, at the Keeneland September 2011 yearling sale for $340,000 to Gary and Mary West.

Racing for the West under the direction of trainer Bob Baffert, Code West made his debut at Del Mar last year running third in consecutive Maiden Special Weights.  He moved that up to second at Santa Anita before breaking his maiden at the Arcadia, CA racetrack in October of last year.  This year, he ran second in a $58,000 allowance race at Santa Anita before running impressively in the Risen Star.

Virginia-bred Proud Strike set the pace early on in the Risen Star but faded to eighth.