The first foal from the stallion Code West was foaled early this morning at WestWin Farms in Oklahoma. Sephora, the dam of the colt who was foaled at 4:03 AM, was acquired by Code West’s owner, Bryan Hawk, at the Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale, in foal to Code West. Sephora’s second dam is Savannah Dancer, who was purchased for $2.5 million dollars at the Keeneland July Yearling Sale by Allen Paulson. She was a multiple stakes winner for Ron McAnally, finishing second against the boys in the Hollywood Derby (G1).
Code West, who originally raced for Gary & Mary West, was purchased at the Keeneland Sept Yearling sale by Ben Glass, the West’s long time racing manager, for $340,000.00.
Code West was trained early in his career by Bob Baffert. The Virginia bred son of Lemon Drop Kid broke his maiden at Santa Anita in the fall of 2012. After that he was aimed toward the Triple Crown trail via Fair Grounds Race Course, where he was second in the G2 Risen Star, defeating the eventual Preakness and Belmont Stakes winners, Oxbow and Palace Malice. While in training with Bob Baffert, he won the G3 Matt Winn stakes at Churchill Downs. The following year, Code West was acquired by Bryan Hawk from the West’s and transferred to the barn of Boyd Caster.
Code West made his first start for the new connections a winning one taking the Governor’s Cup Stakes at Remington Park. Code West went on to be a solid runner in the Midwest, taking several stakes on the circuit. His final race was a fourth place finish in the Jeffrey A. Hawk Memorial Stakes, a race named after Bryan’s late brother.
In total Code West ran 37 starts with 8 wins, 11 seconds and 6 thirds with a bankroll of $828,727. Code West stands at WestWin farms for $1,500.00 LFSN.
(from WestWin Farms news release)