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 nicely for a switch, and secured his place on the rail while the field distribute 12 broad on the first flip. While Global Campaign tracked in third favorite Hidden Scroll and haul Gladiator King supposed the lead and fought.
Meanwhile, the Code of Honor began moving up and split horses to make his move. He was able to put off Hidden Scroll in the 1/8 pole and went on to win like a professional.
Bourbon War came storming out of the bunch with a serious late rally, but it was all over and he’d come up 3/4 of a span. Vekoma raced well to be third party and 6/5 favorite Hidden Scroll held fourth.
The triumph was much easier than it seemed for the son of Noble Mission, as Velazquez knew the set was dwelling and geared down him nearing the wire.
„They were going too fast front,“ Velazquez said,“and that I was comfortable where I was. We place a great deal of work , and he revealed today what kind of horse he is.“
Code of Honor paid $21.00 to win and completed the 1??1/16 mile in 1:43.85. Will guarantee him a spot in the gate at Churchill on May 4.
Trainer Shug McGauhey is eyeing the March 30 Florida Derby for his second start.

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