William S. Farish's Code of Honor is prominent among 22 nominations for the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Park Jan. 5.
The Shug McGaughey-trained son of Noble Mission, who was scratched out of the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs after spiking a fever on the morning of the race, has raced twice, winning his career debut with a sharp front-running performance at Saratoga Aug.18 and finishing second after stumbling at the start and trailing the field early in the Oct. 6 Champagne (G1) at Belmont Park.
The one-turn mile Mucho Macho Man, the first stakes in Gulfstream's program for 3-year-olds, will headline a program with five stakes, including the $100,000 Ginger Brew, a 7 ½-furlong turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies (24 nominations); the $100,000 Kitten's Joy, a 7 ½-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds (22 nominations); the $75,000 Limehouse, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up (17 nominations); and the $75,000 Glitter Woman, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares (19 nominations).
Kathleen O'Connell-trained Well Defined, an impressive 7 ½-length winner of the $500,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes In Reality before finishing off the board in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has also been nominated for the Mucho Macho Man by Stonehedge LLC.
Owner/trainer Juan Carlos Avila's Trophy Chaser, who finished fifth in the Champagne after breaking his maiden by 15 ½ lengths Aug. 25 at Gulfstream, has been nominated to the Mucho Macho Man after finishing second behind Improbable in the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Nov. 2.
Tracy Farmer's Sir Winston, who finished third in the Grey Stakes (G3) and won the Display Stakes in his last two starts at Woodbine, and Souper Jackpot, runner-up in the Smooth Air Stakes last time out at Gulfstream Dec. 8; represent trainer Mark Casse on the nominations list.
Three Dale Romans-trained 3-year-olds are among the Mucho Macho Man nominations, including Albaugh Family Stable's Admire, who broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in his second lifetime start Nov. 24, Spendthrift Farm's Blue Steel, a maiden winner at Churchill who finished off the board on a sloppy track in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2), and Calumet Farm's Everfast, who was far back in the Kentucky Jockey Club.
Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable's Bourbon War, who finished fourth in the Dec. 1 Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct after impressively winning his debut; Pichi Investment's Zenden, who won the Buffalo Man at Gulfstream Dec. 8 after winning his debut Sept. 29; Robert and Lawana Lowe's Federal Case, who followed up a debut victory with an optional-claiming allowance score at Gulfstream last Sunday; and Jacks or Better Farm's Garter and Tie, the winner of the Smooth Air last time out; are also on the list of nominations.
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