‘More Aggressive’ Code Of Honor Stepping Things Up Toward Fountain Of Youth

Trainer Shug McGaughey has stepped up his training routine with Champagne Stakes runner-up Code of Honor, following the Noble Mission colt’s disappointing fourth-place finish in the Jan. 5 Mucho Macho Man Stakes, his sophomore debut. On Monday, the W. S. Farish homebred breezed a half-mile at Payson Park in :49.60, galloping out in 1:02.35, according to drf.com.

“We just blew him out this morning in 49 and 3,” McGaughey said. “He was in the bridle, and everybody seemed to be pleased with it. I was a little afraid to train him too hard before his last race, but we’ve stepped things up since then, and he seems to really have been taking it well. Three of his works have been five furlongs, and he’s appeared to get better with each one. Not only energy-wise – he’s gotten a lot more aggressive – but both physically and mentally, too. Johnny [Velazquez] worked him a couple of times, and he’s been very positive with what’s going on, just like I’ve been.”

Code of Honor will make his next start in Saturday’s G2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park, and McGaughey is hoping that the race will have enough speed for the colt’s late-running style to be effective.

Read more at drf.com.

Code of Honor worked 4 Furlongs in :49.60 at Payson Park on February 25th, 2019 for trainer Shug McGaughey. Code of Honor is set to make his next start in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at @GulfstreamPark on March 2nd. pic.twitter.com/xGBVggIonB

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