MISS CODE WEST IMPRESSIVE AGAIN, WINNING $50,000 SLIDE SHOW STAKES FOR HER THIRD WIN IN ROW TO START HER CAREER
Miss Code West won two sprints to start her career, but when she stretched out to one mile in the $50,000 Slide Show Stakes on Friday at Remington Park, she looked even more like a monster, drawing off to win by 5-1/4 lengths.
Miss Code West stayed unbeaten in the first three starts of her career, now a multiple stakes winner. The 2-year-old Oklahoma-bred daughter of Code West (Lemon Drop Kid), out of the Kipling mare Inca Miss, broke her maiden on Oct. 5 at Remington Park in her career debut, winning by 1-1/4 length at five furlongs. She raced six furlongs in the $76,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie for 2-year-old Oklahoma-bred fillies and won by two lengths on Oct. 20 and then was spectacular Friday in her first route race. All three trips to the winner’s circle came through the guidance of second-leading Remington Park jockey Floyd Wethey, Jr.
“She has so much class,” said Wethey. “She really makes my job easy. A really nice filly. I had no doubt that she would get the mile distance. Last time out she really broke quick, but tonight she bobbled at the start and still did this.”
Miss Code West (3-5) was the odds-on favorite and paid $3.40 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. She earned $30,000 from the purse and her record now stands 3-for-3 with a bankroll of $95,694. She was bred by Bryan Hawk. She races for owners Jeffry and Julie Puryear of Denton, Texas, and trainer Kevin Scholl.
“She got an extra week to prepare for this more than she had before her last stakes race,” said Scholl. “I just had to keep her settled. She’s nice. That’s all I can say.”
Miss Code West sat third for the first half-mile of the race before taking over from early front-runners Caleb’s Bella (44-1) and Letta’s Legacy (7-2). They set interior fractions of :24.04 for the first quarter-mile and :48.75 for the half. After that Miss Code West had found a higher gear and left them in her wake, hitting three-quarters in 1:14.46 and seven furlongs in 1:27.41 before she stopped the timer in 1:40.72 over the fast track.
“She’s just got class,” said Scholl, “and she is just so sweet to be around. A real blessing.”
The order of finish behind Miss Code West was Stairstep Toheaven (5-1) second, 3-1/2 lengths in front of third-place finisher Okie Love (19-1). Angel Kiss (9-1) got up for fourth, Caleb’s Bella (44-1) fifth, Letta’s Legacy (7-2) sixth, Lady Zephyr (7-1) seventh and Hangxiety (49-1) eighth.
Miss Code West likely will go in the final race of the year for juvenile fillies – the $75,000 Trapeze Stakes on Friday, Dec. 15, the final night of the Remington Park season.
It was the first win in the Slide Show Stakes for all the connections of Miss Code West.
The Slide Show is named in honor of the Oklahoma-bred filly who was near perfect in her career at Remington Park, winning 11 consecutive starts from 1993 to 1995, eight of them stakes events. Her only local defeat came in her final start, when she was third in an allowance event. Slide Show was inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Remington Park in 2023.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday, Nov. 11 with a first post of 7:07pm. After taking Sunday off, action resumes with a special Monday and Tuesday afternoon card on Nov. 13 & 14 with the first event both days at 2:30pm. All times Central.
Remington Park has provided more than $337 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park is home to the Springboard Mile, a Kentucky Derby points-qualifying race, on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. Remington Park presents simulcast racing daily and non-stop casino gaming. Parking and admission are always free. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing or enter the casino gaming floor. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.