11/07/2003 12:00AM

Clean start is key for Distinctive Code in Majorette

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The connections of Distinctive Code will be hoping for a better start Sunday at Louisiana Downs than the filly had last time at Keeneland.

Distinctive Code stumbled at the start of the Grade 3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, a six-furlong race, and as a front-runner gave up precious ground to her rivals. As a result, she ended up racing behind the leaders throughout and finished eighth.

But that trip is behind Distinctive Code now, and she is back at her home track to start as the 122-pound highweight in the $40,000 Majorette Handicap, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares that will close out the meet at Louisiana Downs.

Distinctive Code opened the local season with a game win in the $50,000 Suthern Accent on July 12. After that race, her trainer, Larry Robideaux Jr., opted to give her some time off to freshen for a winter campaign. He did the same thing last year, and she came back to win a November allowance at Louisiana Downs and the $100,000 Victoria Lass Handicap at Fair Grounds.

Fast-forward to Sunday, and Distinctive Code should be tough to handle if she runs back to the bullet four furlongs she worked in 46.80 seconds on Oct. 25. Kirk LeBlanc has the mount.

Others in the race, which drew 10, include Cielo Girl, who missed winning the Majorette prep by a nose last out. Prior to that race, she won an optional claimer and an overnight handicap at Louisiana Downs. Lonnie Meche has the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen.