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 switch, and secured his place on the rail while the field spread out 12 wide on the first flip. Favorite Hidden Scroll and shot Gladiator King assumed the lead and battled while Global Campaign monitored in third.
Code divide horses to make his move and of Honor began moving up gradually. He was able to put away Hidden Scroll at the 1/8 rod and went on to win just like a professional.
Bourbon War came out of the bunch with a late night rally that was severe, but it was over and he’d come up 3/4 of a span. Vekoma ran well to be third and 6/5 favorite Hidden Scroll held fourth.
The triumph was much easier than it looked for the son of Noble Mission, as Velazquez understood the set was dwelling and geared him down nearing the cable.
„They were going too fast front,“ Velazquez said,“and I was comfortable where I was. We put a great deal of work , and he revealed today what kind of horse he is.“
Code of Honor paid $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 place in the gate at Churchill on May 4.
Trainer Shug McGauhey is eyeing the March 30 Florida Derby for his next start.

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