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Injury Delays Return Of Top US Colt

Friday, 31st January 2014

Kentucky Derby contender Honor Code (A.P. Indy-Serena's Cat, by Storm Cat) could miss his scheduled 2014 debut in the Gr2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on 22 February due to bruised ankles, reports bradenton.com. Trainer Shug McGaughey said Wednesday that the talented 3YO had missed 10 days of work because of the bruising. "We had a little setback. He'll go back to the track on Friday," he said. "He bruised up his back ankles a little bit. I think he'll be fine. I wasn't sure about what was the matter with him. Now I think we have it pinpointed." He added: "The Fountain of Youth isn't likely. Where we'll go, I don't know. The Gotham (at Aqueduct, March 1) is a possibility." Honor Code's likely omission from the Fountain Of Youth line-up is an unwelcome hiccup in his Kentucky Derby preparation, as it is one of three major Derby preps run at Gulfstream over the winter, with the others being the Holy Bull and the US$1 million Florida Derby on 29 March. Owned by Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm, Honor Code has won 2 of his 3 starts including the Gr2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct in November, where he defeated last weekend's highly impressive Holy Bull Stakes winner Cairo Prince. By the outstanding A.P. Indy from the stakes-winning Storm Cat mare Serena's Cat, Honor Code is a half-brother to Gr2 American Turf Stakes winner Noble Tune (Unbridled's Song).

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