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Honor Code Reverts to Allowance Company in Surprise Move


By Dick Downey

Just days after it was reported that Honor Code was still being pointed to the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, he was entered in a Wednesday allowance race at his Gulfstream Park base.

The 1 1/16-mile race drew only five entries. Regular rider Javier Castellano was name aboard Honor Code. The race also drew Social Inclusion, We’re All Set, Specialnightaction and Ta Bueno. Honor Code will carry topweight of 124 pounds.

Honor Code missed a planned start in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth on Feb. 22 with bruising in his hind ankles. Trainer Shug McGaughey moved the son of A.P. Indy from Payson Park to Gulfstream at the end of January to keep a closer eye on his recovery. Since his arrival. Honor Code has breezed four times at Gulfstream.

McGaughey told DRF.com: “He’s had a bit of an eventful winter, but everything is going in the right direction at the moment. He’s been training well, and his work the other day was excellent. He’s ready to run, and I believe he’ll give a good account of himself in this race.”

McGaughey said he was asked by Gulfstream Park's racing secretary, P. J. Campo, to run Honor Code there.

“I never asked for the race, they came to me,” said McGaughey. “P.J. said he thought he could make the race go, and I told him if he did, I’d run Honor Code here. If this race hadn’t have gone, we’d have run him in the Rebel next Saturday. The biggest factor in the decision to stay and run at Gulfstream is that we don’t have to ship.”

The Rebel Stakes carries 85 Kentucky Derby points with 50 to the winner. The allowance race of course does not carry any Kentucky Derby points. Honor Code was last seen winning the Remsen Stakes in November.


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