Desert Code

Hofmans has Melatonin rested and ready for Breeders' Cup Classic

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Hofmans takes aim at another Classic upset
Barbara D. Livingston
Melatonin and trainer David Hofmans, who has won Breeders' Cup races at odds of 40-1, 36-1, and 19-1.

ARCADIA, Calif. – David Hofmans hiked into the box seats at Santa Anita the other morning to watch Melatonin work, reached into his pocket, and realized he’d left his stopwatch in the tack room back at his barn.

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.

You can never count Hofmans out

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer David Hofmans with Harissa at Pimlico in May.

Now that David Hofmans has proved he can win Breeders' Cup races of all shapes and sizes with horses such as Alphabet Soup, Adoration, and Desert Code, dash the Triple Crown hopes of a hungry nation in the Belmont Stakes with Touch Gold, and develop any number of fast young fillies and colts into major stakes winners, let's see if he can finally plug a hole in his resume and win a decent race on the grass with an older horse over a distance of ground.

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