of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, who won his first Kentucky Derby last
year with Orb, would relish another triumph on the first Saturday in May
and he’s got a prime contender
in Honor Code. The highly-anticipated three-year-old debut of the
graded stakes winner is likely to be in Hot Springs in two weeks.
currently based in South Florida, said on Thursday that he plans to
send the son of A.P. Indy out onto the track at Gulfstream Park for
another work on Sunday or
Monday and then will make the final decision to run him in the $600,000
Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park March 15. McGaughey went on to say
that should Honor Code run well in the Rebel, the promising colt will
likely return to Hot Springs for the $1 million
Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 12.
At this stage along the Triple Crown trail for Honor Code and McGaughey, it’s more about the points than the purses.
Code, who has not started since winning the Remsen Stakes (G2)
impressively on November 30, was sidelined after stressing his hind
ankles while working at Payson Park
in South Florida on January 18 and missed three weeks of training. He
currently stands in ninth place on the Derby entry points list with 14.
that the Derby qualifying races including the Rebel have moved to the
championship series, points up for grabs are 50-20-10-5 for finishes
from first through fourth.
moved Honor Code to Gulfstream to keep closer watch on him and the
handsome dark bay colt was back on the work tab on February 12, 19 and
25. In his last breeze, he traveled an easy half-mile in 52.23 seconds.
was a little slower than I wanted, but it was fine,” McGaughey told the
Daily Racing Form “It was really a five-eighths work from the
half-mile pole, and my rider said he was really best after the wire. He
galloped out real strong. I think I’ll come back and work him with some
company on Sunday or Monday. I didn’t want to go too quick this
morning, but I’ll pick it up with him this weekend.”
said that although Honor Code missed valuable training time, he
believes the Lane’s End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm’s color bearer is fit
and hasn't lost much conditioning.