07/25/2003 12:00AM

Robideaux packing Distinctive Code's bags


Trainer Larry Robideaux Jr. has done it with success in recent meets - shipping fillies from Louisiana Downs to win stakes in Kentucky. His latest runner on deck to make the trip is Distinctive Code, who won the $50,000 Suthern Accent at Louisiana Downs on July 12.

She is being pointed for the $100,000 Ellis Park Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares Aug. 10.

Robideaux chose the race because of its six-furlong distance. All seven of Distinctive Code's wins have come at the distance, among them a March score in the $100,000 Victoria Lass at Fair Grounds.

Robideaux's other recent Louisiana Downs-to-Kentucky shippers are Cinemine, in 1999, and French Riviera, in 2002. Both won the Grade 3 Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland after winning races at Louisiana Downs.

In the Southern Accent, Distinctive Code was a game three-quarter of a length winner over Southern Tour. The race was her first start back since recovering from a foot abscess discovered in June.

"I think she's going to improve off that last race," said Robideaux.

"I think she ought to be a better horse. We shod her yesterday, and the foot seems way, way better."

Distinctive Code, a winner of $238,460, races for Billie Courtney.

Another stakes winner for Robideaux, the David Beard-owned Witt Ante, is scheduled to resume training this week after a 90-day vacation. Witt Ante, who is 3, has won four stakes for Louisiana-breds in nine career starts, and could make his comeback in the $50,000 Cajun at Louisiana Downs on Oct. 11.

Funny Cide tops Super Derby list

Funny Cide, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, heads the list of 38 horses nominated to the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby, the richest race of the meet at Louisiana Downs. It will be run Sept. 20.

Other nominees include Toccet, who has not raced since he won the Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 21; Peace Rules, winner of the Blue Grass and Louisiana Derby; Strong Hope, winner of the Dwyer; Wando, winner of the Queen's Plate; and Ten Most Wanted, Midas Eyes, and Wild and Wicked.

Godolphin Racing, which won the Super Derby last year with Essence of Dubai, has nominated two horses, including Inamorato, who was third in the UAE Derby in March and, most recently, in a Saratoga allowance race Wednesday.

Who gets the early lead in feature?

The pace should be hotly disputed in the featured 10th race at Louisiana Downs on Sunday. At least four fillies could vie for the early lead in the five-furlong turf allowance, which carries a purse of $28,000.

Gilded Wings, Nat and Julia, Mollie McLash, and Lauren Lynn each led at the opening quarter and half-mile calls in their last starts. The quickest quarter among the four fillies belongs to Lauren Lynn, who went in 21 seconds, while the fastest half goes to Nat and Julia, who went in 43.80.

Gilded Wings led through an opening quarter in 21.20 seconds and a half in 44 in her turf debut last out, and was just edged in the race. She draws the rail Sunday. Don Pettinger has the mount for Pin Oak Stable and trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

The probable favorite, however, is Nat and Julia, who has won her last three races by a combined 7 1/4 lengths. She moves back to turf, where she won a $40,000 claimer wire-to-wire in May, after winning an optional claimer at Lone Star in her last start, July 4.

Jamie Theriot has the mount for Ken Murphy and trainer Cole Norman.

Special card Wednesday

Louisiana Downs will host a special Wednesday card this week, with a full program of Quarter Horse trials scheduled. The qualifying races, which can be bet on, are for the $250,000-estimated Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association Sale Futurity on Aug. 17. First post is 2:05 p.m. Central.

* Joe Carter, a veterinarian who last month was appointed to a commissioner post on the Oklahoma Racing Commission, resigned Thursday. Under state law, commissioners cannot receive compensation for goods and services from the state's 18,000 industry licensees, which would be a hardship for Carter, who has an equine practice in Oklahoma.

* Trainer Betty Loter accounted for a longshot double at Louisiana Downs on Thursday, winning the seventh race with Tequilacarmenlita ($50) and the ninth with Sparkles Prospect ($33.40).