Last updated: 5/24/15 7:09 PM
|Honor Code topped a busy Memorial Day weekend worktab for trainer Shug McGaughey
(NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey had a cadre of workers
out this morning for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, but it was $1.25
million Metropolitan H. (G1) hopeful Honor Code (A.P. Indy) who perhaps had the most eye-catching
move, covering five furlongs in a bullet :59 4/5 under regular rider Javier
The move was the fastest of 26 at the distance for Honor
Code, who is looking to bounce back from a fifth-place finish in the Alysheba S.
(G2) at Churchill Downs. The dark bay ridgling opened his 2015 campaign
with a victory over multiple Grade 1 winner Private Zone (Macho Uno) in the Gulfstream Park H.
“He did it easily,” McGaughey stated. “He left his company
(Gold Shield) behind. I thought that would carry him along a little father, but
Javier said everything was good. He galloped out good, finished good…all
systems go so far.
“I just don’t think he liked the track at Churchill, or at
least that’s what I’m banking on,” the horseman added about Honor Code’s
first unplaced run. “He came out of the race good and
has had a couple of good works here at Belmont.”
Also out for McGaughey were dual Group 3 victress J Wonder (Footstepsinthesand), who went four
furlongs in a bullet :49 over Belmont’s firm inner turf in preparation for the
a Game S. (G1); multiple stakes-placed Reflecting (Elusive Quality), who covered the same distance in
:49 4/5 for the $250,000 Belmont Gold
Cup Invitational on Friday, June 5; and multiple Grade 1 winner Imagining
(Giant’s Causeway), who
turned in a bullet five-furlong move in 1:00, also on the inner turf.
McGaughey said, however, he was not sure whether the
seven-year-old Imagining, a disappointing fifth as the defending champion in the
May 9 Man o’ War S. (G1) last out, would run
in the $1 million Manhattan S. (G1).
“He worked good, I just might give him a little more time,”
the trainer commented.
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