Foxwoods Champagne runner-up Honor Code could see action again this year but most likely it will be at Aqueduct Racetrack, not Santa Anita Park, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said Sunday morning.
“I'll watch him and see,” he said of the 2-year-old A. P. Indy colt, who is owned by Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm. “I'm not real inclined to go to the Breeders' Cup with him. Obviously I'll talk to Mr. [Will] Farish and see what they want to do. As I've said before, I'd sure like to have a nice horse for next year. You've got the Remsen [Grade 2, November 30] going 1 1/8 miles going around two turns. I'm sure not ruling out the Nashua [Grade 2, one mile, November 3] and the Remsen, or maybe just the Remsen.”
McGaughey hopes to be represented in next month's Breeders' Cup with multiple Grade 1 winner Point of Entry, who breezed five furlongs in 1:02.88 over Belmont's main track on Saturday, his fourth work since returning to training on September 14.
“I'm hoping [Hall of Fame jockey] Johnny [Velazquez] will be back from Keeneland next Sunday to work him on the turf, and go from there,” said McGaughey of Point of Entry, who emerged from his victory in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap in June with a condylar fracture in his left hind cannon bone that was surgically repaired.
“I'm more than pleased with how he's doing,” he added. “He's going the right direction, the right way, without overdoing it. His work yesterday on the dirt was a nice work. He galloped out in 1:16 so he's getting a good bottom. If he keeps going in the right direction, I'd work him three more times [before the Breeders' Cup Turf], and I think that will be enough. We'll just have to see. Right now, I'm really, really enthusiastic about what I'm seeing.”
McGaughey also issued a positive report on Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who returned to Belmont Park last week after a brief sojourn at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland following his eighth-place finish in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational on September 28.
“He's been good,” said the trainer. “It's been about a week, so I'll probably try to work him in next week and see where he is. I don't know what I'm going to do with him, if I do anything. I'll let him tell me. If it's time to stop, we'll stop. But the Cigar Mile [Grade 1, November 30, Aqueduct] could be a very good possibility.”
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