Code of Honor rebounded nicely from a disappointing 4th place finish in his 2009 introduction, in addition to a layoff, to win the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Under confident handling from John Velazquez, Code of Honor broke nicely for a switch, and secured his spot on the rail while the area distribute 12 wide on the first turn. While Global Campaign tracked in third favorite Hidden Scroll and long haul Gladiator King supposed the lead and fought.
Meanwhile, Code divide horses to make his move on the last turn and of Honor began moving up slowly. He managed to put away Hidden Scroll in the 1/8 rod and proceeded to win just like a professional.
Bourbon War came out of the bunch with a rally that was late night that was severe, but it was over and he’d develop 3/4 of a span short. Vekoma ran well to be third party and 6/5 favorite Hidden Scroll held fourth.
The triumph was much simpler than it looked for the son of Noble Mission, as Velazquez knew the set was home and geared him down nearing the cable.
“They were going too fast up front,” Velazquez said,”and that I was comfortable where I was. We put a great deal of work in him, and he revealed today what kind of horse he is.”
Code of Honor paid $21.00 to win and completed the 1??1/16 mile in 1:43.85. The 50 Kentucky Derby points that he earned will guarantee him a spot in the gate at Churchill on May 4.
Trainer Shug McGauhey is eyeing for his second start.
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