Today at Payson Park, Code of Honor worked for the first time since capturing the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream on March 2, breezing five furlongs at Payson Park in 1:01. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.80 by trainer Shug McGaughey’s watch.
“I thought he worked really well. He kind of eased away from the pole, picked it up, went the final eighth of a mile in 11-and-change and galloped out very well. He seemed to come back where he might have needed it a little bit,” McGaughey said. “We’ve got two weeks to go, so we can get him fresh again and go from there. We were very pleased with what we saw.”
Code of Honor, who finished a disappointing fourth as the 4-5 favorite in the one-turn mile Mucho Macho Man Jan. 5 at Gulfstream, bounced back with a sharp three-quarters of a length victory in the two-turn 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth.
“Coming out of the Fountain of Youth, when I came up here and saw him a week later, which was last Saturday, I was really pleasantly surprised with what I saw, not only physically but his energy level,” McGaughey said. “I’m every bit as pleased today. Hopefully, he comes out of this good and we can move forward off this work.”
McGaughey trained and raced 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb in South Florida before the Run for the Roses.
“Orb went forward a lot, and this horse is coming forward,” McGaughey said. “When we ran him in January, he wasn’t nearly the horse he is today. Hopefully, the next couple months he’ll be the same.”
Harvey Wallbanger, Signalman
At Gulfstream Park, Harvey Wallbanger breezed five furlongs in 59.66 for trainer Kenny McPeek. Last time out, the son of Congrats pulled off a 29-1 upset victory in the Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Feb. 2.
Harvey Wallbanger worked in company with the McPeek-trained Signalman, who finished a disappointing seventh in the Fountain of Youth. Signalman, who is scheduled to run in the Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland on April 6, was clocked in a morning’s-best 59.46 while working outside the pacesetting Harvey Wallbanger.