Code of Honor worked five furlongs in 1:01 over a sloppy track Saturday morning at Keeneland.
Working at 7:30 on a cold morning with John Velazquez aboard, Code of Honor produced initial fractions of 25.20 and 49.00 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.60 and seven in 1:27.00.
It was Code of Honor’s second work at Keeneland since finishing third in the Florida Derby on March 30. He worked a half-mile on April 12 in :49.00 over a fast track.
“It was very good, very nice,” Velazquez said before heading to the airport to catch a plane to Washington, D.C. en route to Charles Town, West Virginia, where he has three mounts today. “There was a nice inside path where nobody had been galloping, and he handled it very well.”
Velazquez, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2011 with Animal Kingdom and in 2017 with Always Dreaming, had worked Code of Honor previously.
“I had worked him at Payson, and he was more laid-back down there,” Velazquez said. “Once he gets on a race track, he’s more aggressive.”
Trainer Shug McGaughey said Code of Honor probably would ship to Churchill Downs this Wednesday, April 24. His final pre-Derby work is set for Sunday, April 28, or Monday, April 29, depending on weather.
“I was pleased with that this morning and I’m glad that’s over with,” said McGaughey. “I wanted him to go in 1:01, and that’s what he did, and I had him going out in 1:13 and change and seven-eighths in 1:26 and change.”
By Dick Downey