08/30/2001 11:00PM

Lasting Code battles locals


AUBURN, Wash. - Canadian star Lasting Code will take on nine local 2-year-old fillies in Sunday's renewal of the one-mile Barbara Shinpoch Stakes at Emerald Downs.

The Barbara Shinpoch, which was formerly known as the WTBA Lassies, was renamed this year to honor the former chair of the Washington Horse Racing Commission, whose steadfast support through the mid-1990's helped make Emerald Downs a reality.

Lasting Code, a $24,000 purchase by owners Canmor Farms and Lola McCarthy at last summer's WTBA yearling sale, will bring an unblemished record to Emerald after making two starts at Hastings Park. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Lost Code, Lasting Code won the 6 1/2-furlong Timber Music Stakes by more than a length in her debut on July 21. She then came back to score a 3 1/4-length victory in the 6 1/2-furlong Lassie Stakes on Aug. 18. Regular rider Chris Loseth will venture south to ride Lasting Code at 119 pounds for trainer Jim Penney. Penney takes over the saddling chores from Hastings trainer Steve Henson.

Heading the local forces is Midnight Lightning, an impressive winner of her last two starts at Emerald. Midnight Lightning, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Mountain Cat from the barn of trainer Bud Klokstad, scored her maiden win at 5 1/2 furlongs in her third start on June 30, downing $40,000 company by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:05.80. Coming back on Aug. 12, she beat $40,000 optional claiming company by five lengths, going 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.20.

The other double winner in Sunday's field is Ask Not, who comes off a four-length win over $25,000 claimers on Aug. 24, going 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.60.