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Honor Code Has Final Breeze Toward 2014 Debut

3/9/2014

By Dick Downey
@DowneyProfile


Honor Code breezed four furlongs in :47.97 (11/46) Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park and remains set to compete in an allowance race on Wednesday.

The son of A.P. Indy will school in the paddock Sunday afternoon. He'll face only four rivals this week.

"He worked a half-mile in :48, galloped out in a minute-and-change, I thought he went very well," trainer Shug McGaughey said. "I'd like to see a good race from him. Hopefully, he'll be good enough to win, but as long as we can get the kind of race into him where we feel we can go forward, that'll be good enough. I think that one horse in there (Social Inclusion) has got speed, and I would like for him to have a target," McGaughey added. "That's why I wanted to do something sharp with him today, to put him in the game. Hopefully, he'll break well and, even though I want him to have a target, he can't take himself completely out of it."

Javier Castellano will ride Honor Code. As for what's next:

"The Florida Derby is possibility, especially with what happened yesterday," McGaughey said of an injury to Top Billing, knocking him off the Derby Trail. "It sure would be nice to get a nice, easy race into him, and he can move forward from it. It might be pushing him up a little bit (time-wise), but it's not out of the question."

Top Billing was shipped to Lexington to undergo surgery for a bone fracture today.

"He's got a non-displaced cannon bone fracture," McGaughey explained "He got to Kentucky this morning. Dr. Bramlage said that he would operate on him at noon today. They'll put a couple screws in it and probably a plate, and it should come together. They'll take the plate out, so we're talking about three or four months. He feels like he should be able to come back fine."

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