A few weeks ago, trainer Shug McGaughey had two live prospects for the 2014 Kentucky Derby….after losing Top Billing to a cannon bone fracture, and now stretch running 2013 Remsen Stakes winner Honor Code with a slight tear in his right hind upper suspensory, he now has none…. fickle sport this Horse Racing isn’t it?
The injury to Honor Code, who had breezed a half-mile in :48 flat on Saturday in preparation for the April 5 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, was discovered yesterday (Sunday) morning at Gulfstream Park.
“He had a little filling in his right hind suspensory this (Sunday) morning and when we checked it out, we discovered he had a slight tear. It will heal,” McGaughey said who won last year’s Derby with Orb. “We’ll give it 60 days and then re-evaluate it. The positive side is that he should be able to come back and have a productive career later on.”
Honor Code came from dead last to impressively break his maiden Aug. 31, then finished second to Havana in the Champagne Stakes Oct. 5 before gamely out-running current Derby favorite Cairo Prince by a nose in the Remsen Nov. 30 at Aqueduct.
The good looking son of the great A.P Indy had run only once this year when he finished a distant second to another 2014 Kentucky Derby contender, Social Inclusion in Social Inclusion’s track record performance of 1:40.4 in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race March 12 at Gulfstream.
Honor Code now joins Top Billing, 2013 Breeders Cup Juvenile winner New Years Day, 2013 two year old champion Shared Belief and the highly touted Indianapolis on the sidelines as major Derby contenders who had to bow out of the Derby with injuries.