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 introduction, as well as 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 change, and secured his place on the railroad while the field distribute 12 broad on the first turn. While Global Campaign tracked in third favorite Hidden Scroll and haul Gladiator King assumed the lead and fought.
Code split horses to make his move and of Honor began moving up slowly. He was able to put off Hidden Scroll at the 1/8 pole and went on to win like a professional.
Bourbon War came out of the bunch with a severe rally that was late night, but it was all over and he’d come up 3/4 of a length short. Vekoma ran well to be third party and Hidden Scroll held fourth.
The win was much easier than it seemed for the son of Noble Mission, as Velazquez understood the pair was dwelling and geared down him nearing the cable.
“They were moving too quickly front,” Velazquez said,”and that I was comfortable where I was. We place a great deal of work , and he revealed today what sort of horse he is.”
Code of Honor compensated $21.00 to win and finished the 1??1/16 mile in 1:43.85. Will ensure him a spot from the gate at Churchill on May 4.
Trainer Shug McGauhey is eyeing for his second start.

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