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McGaughey Firms Up Rebel Plans


By Dick Downey

Shug McGaughey said today he will ship Honor Code to Oaklawn Park on March 13 for the Rebel Stakes two days later.

“It looks that way,” McGaughey said. Of course, everything must go well between now and then. “So far everything looks good. He worked real good the other day, and we’ll work him again on Sunday. The plane goes out there on the 13th, so we’ve got plenty of time.”

Honor Code's bruised rear ankles now look like they're a thing of the past. Honor Code was back on the worktab Feb. 12 and has not missed any time since. On March 2, he went five furlongs in :59.18 (6/43), and McGaughey said that Honor Code is in prime form.

“He’s a good looking horse, that’s for sure,” said the trainer, who said he will accompany the Remsen Stakes winner to Hot Springs. A jockey hasn't been named.

“I’ve still got time to figure out who the rider will be,” McGaughey said.

John Velasquez rode Honor Code when he broke his maiden, Irad Ortiz, Jr. was aboard in the Champagne, and Javier Castellano handled him in the Remsen.

Honor Code is 11th on the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard with 14.


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