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 change, and secured his spot on the rail while the field distribute 12 wide on the first flip. Favorite Hidden Scroll and extended shot Gladiator King assumed the early lead and battled while Global Campaign monitored in third.
Meanwhile, Code split horses to make his move on the final turn and of Honor began moving upward slowly. He was able to put off Hidden Scroll at the 1/8 pole and went on to win just like a professional.
Bourbon War came out of the pack with a late night rally that was serious, but it was over and he’d develop 3/4 of a length short. Vekoma ran well to be third and Hidden Scroll held fourth.
The triumph was much easier than it seemed for the son of Noble Mission, as Velazquez knew the pair was home and geared down him nearing the cable.
“They were going too quickly front,” Velazquez said,”and that I was comfortable where I was. We place a lot of work in him, and he showed today what kind of horse he is.”
Code of Honor compensated $21.00 to triumph and completed the 1??1/16 mile in 1:43.85. The 50 Kentucky Derby points that he made will ensure him a place from the gate at Churchill on May 4.
Trainer Shug McGauhey is currently eyeing for his next start.

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