07/18/2013 4:12PM

Desert Code's first winner scores at Del Mar opener


Desert Code, winner of the inaugural Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, was represented by his first winner on Wednesday when his daughter Moving Desert broke her maiden on opening day at Del Mar.

Moving Desert tracked the pace in third early under red-hot jockey Joel Rosario, came three wide into the stretch, and pulled clear to win by three lengths, finishing five furlongs on the all-weather Polytrack in :58.78 and earning a 72 Beyer Speed Figure. She was the third of four winners on the card for Rosario.

Moving Desert, trained by Blake Heap, was making her third career start, having finished second and third in a pair of maiden special weight events at Hollywood Park last month. Out of the winning Capote mare Cinema Paradisa, she was bred in California by owner Harris Farms, which also stands her sire in Coalinga, Calif.

Desert Code, a 9-year-old son of E Dubai, won seven of 24 career starts, earning $1,088,939. He captured a pair of Grade 3 events, the Baldwin Stakes and Affirmed Handicap, in 2007. The following season, he won the first edition of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita. He returned to win the Grade 3 Daytona Handicap at age 5.

Desert Code, who is a half-brother to two stakes winners, is represented by 33 2-year-olds in his first crop.