John Velazquez rides Code of Honor to Fountain of Youth win

Code of Honor rebounded well from a disappointing 4th place finish in his 2009 debut, 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 well for a switch, and secured his place on the rail while the area spread out 12 broad on the first flip. Favorite Hidden Scroll supposed the lead and battled with extended shot Gladiator King while Global Campaign monitored in third.
Meanwhile, Code divide horses to make his move and of Honor began moving up gradually. He managed to put off Hidden Scroll at the 1/8 rod and went on to win just like a professional.
Bourbon War came storming out of the bunch with a late night rally that was severe, but it was all over and he would develop 3/4 of a length short. Vekoma raced well to be third and Hidden Scroll held fourth.
The triumph was much easier than it looked for the son of Noble Mission, as Velazquez knew the pair was home and geared him down nearing the cable.
“They were moving too quickly 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 compensated $21.00 to triumph and finished the 1??1/16 mile in 1:43.85. The 50 Kentucky Derby points he earned will ensure him a spot from the gate at Churchill on May 4.
Trainer Shug McGauhey is eyeing for his next start.

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