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Horse For Course: Doctor Mounty Returns To Laurel For Sunday Stakes

Larry Pratt and Dave Alden’s Doctor Mounty, a multiple Grade 3 winner who has earned four of his seven career victories at Laurel Park, will take a step back from graded company for the first time since last fall in Sunday’s $100,000 Prince George’s County Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile Prince George’s County for 3-year-olds and […]

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‘Big Heart And A Lot Of Try’: Reliving Easy Goer’s Belmont Triumph

Less than an hour to post time in the 1989 Belmont Stakes, trainer Shug McGaughey walked over to the Belmont Park paddock area alongside Easy Goer with a sense of confidence. He said to his assistant Buzz Tenney, “If this race goes the way I think it will, it’s going to be a fun one […]

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No Preakness Decisions Yet For Code Of Honor, Baffert Trio

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey was on hand Sunday morning to check on his Kentucky Derby runner-up Code of Honor, and couldn’t have been more pleased with how the son of Noble Mission emerged. “I thought he ran really good,” McGaughey said of the chestnut colt who crossed the wire third after making a […]

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‘This Is What We Dream About’: Velazquez Readies For 20th Kentucky Derby Mount

Jockey John Velazquez is already part of an exclusive club when it comes to Kentucky Derby riders. The 2012 Hall of Fame inductee is one of just eight riders to have at least 20 mounts through the Run for the Roses’ previous 144 iterations. Velazquez will have his 21st career Derby mount when he pilots […]

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McGaughey Hopeful For More ‘Good Memories’ Under Churchill’s Twin Spires

William S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor made a stylish debut at Saratoga Race Course in August and has emerged as one of several New York-connected contenders for Saturday’s Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby. The son of first-crop stallion Noble Mission – a full brother to the great Frankel – continues to train exceptionally […]

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Code Of Honor Has Final Keeneland Breeze Before Shipping To Louisville

William S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor closed the major Keeneland portion of his preparation for the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) in two weeks by working 5 furlongs in 1:01 over a sloppy track Saturday morning at the Lexington, Ky., track. Working at 7:30 on a brisk, overcast morning with jockey John Velazquez aboard, […]

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Code Of Honor Breezes At Keeneland; Plus Que Parfait Back To Work After Dubai Victory

William S. Farish’s Code of Honor, one of the leading contenders for the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), worked a half-mile in :49 over a fast track Friday morning at Keeneland. Working at 6:15 a.m. before drenching rain turned the track muddy, Code of Honor completed his final quarter-mile in :23.20 and galloped out […]

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Inspector Lynley Sets Track Record In Danger’s Hour Stakes

Stuart Janney, III and Phipps Stable’s Inspector Lynley relished a cutback in distance, setting a track record on the inner turf with a one-length win in the fifth running of the $100,000 Danger’s Hour at one mile for 4-year-olds and up on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Inspector Lynley stayed off New York-bred Black Tide’s early […]

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Code Of Honor Ran ‘Pretty Game’; Hennig ‘Confident Going Forward’ With Bourbon War

Code of Honor raced well off the slow pace of the Florida Derby before closing to finish third behind Maximum Security. The 3-year-old son of Noble Mission came out of the race fine, said trainer Shug McGaughey. “I thought he ran fine. That’s not the type of race he needs with one horse on the […]

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Florida Derby: Hidden Scroll, Code Of Honor Re-Engage In Fountain Of Youth

The fact Hidden Scroll only lost last month’s Fountain of Youth (Grade II) by three lengths to more experienced rivals after setting a scorching pace following a troubled start was, by any measure, an admirable performance. On Saturday, in the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream Park, the lightly-raced Juddmonte homebred will try again […]

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