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 managing from John Velazquez, Code of Honor broke well for a change, and secured his place on the railroad while the field distribute 12 wide on the first turn. While Global Campaign monitored in third favorite Hidden Scroll supposed the lead and fought with haul Gladiator King.
Meanwhile, the Code of Honor began moving upward and split horses to make his move. He was able to put away Hidden Scroll in the 1/8 rod and proceeded to win just like a professional.
Bourbon War came out of the bunch with a serious rally, but it was over and he would come up 3/4 of a span. Vekoma raced well to be third party and 6/5 favorite Hidden Scroll held fourth.
The win was much easier than it looked for the son of Noble Mission, as Velazquez knew the pair was home and geared down him nearing the wire.
„They were moving too fast front,“ Velazquez said,“and I was comfortable where I was. We place a great deal of work in him, and he revealed today what kind of horse he is.“
Code of Honor paid $21.00 to win and finished the 1??1/16 mile in 1:43.85. The 50 Kentucky Derby points that he made will ensure him a spot from the gate at Churchill on May 4.
Trainer Shug McGauhey is currently eyeing the March 30 Florida Derby for his next start.

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