Keeneland Barn Notes: Code of Honor Pops A Nice Work on Saturday; Ready for KY Derby

(Code of Honor winning at Gulfstream Park this Spring / Photo Courtesy of Gulfstream Park)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

KENTUCKY DERBY PROSPECT CODE OF HONOR WORKS

William S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor closed the major Keeneland portion of his preparation for the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) in two weeks by working 5 furlongs in 1:01 over a sloppy track Saturday morning.

Working at 7:30 on a brisk, overcast morning with jockey John Velazquez aboard, Code of Honor produced fractions of :25.20, :49 and 1:01 and galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13.60 and 7 furlongs in 1:27. (Click here for a video of the work.)

It was Code of Honor’s second work here since finishing third in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) on March 30. He worked a half-mile here on April 12 in :49 over a fast track.

“It was very good, very nice,” Velazquez said before heading to the airport to catch a plane to Washington, D.C., and then a drive to Charles Town, West Virginia, where he has three mounts this afternoon on the Charles Town Classic (G2) program. “There was a nice inside path where nobody had been galloping and he handled (the conditions) very well.”

Velazquez, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2011 with Animal Kingdom and in 2017 with Always Dreaming, had worked Code of Honor previously.

“I had worked him at Payson (Park Training Center in Florida) and he was more laid-back down there,” Velazquez said. “Once he gets on a race track (to work), he’s more aggressive.”

Trainer Shug McGaughey said Code of Honor probably would ship to Churchill Downs Wednesday, April 24, with his final pre-Derby work coming Sunday, April 28, or Monday, April 29,  depending on weather.

“I was pleased with that this morning and I’m glad that’s over with,” said McGaughey, who won the 2013 Derby with Orb. “I wanted him to go in 1:01 and that’s what he did, and I had him going out (6 furlongs) in 1:13 and change and seven-eighths in 1:26 and change.”

(War of Will winning the G2 Risen Star / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

GALLOPING OUT

David Carroll, assistant to trainer Mark Casse, on Saturday morning reported on Casse’s two classic hopefuls stabled at Keeneland. He said Gary Barber’s War of Will jogged on the all-weather training track one day after breezing 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 on a sealed muddy track. The colt is scheduled to ship late this coming week to Churchill Downs, where he will have his final workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). Chocolate Kisses, owned by Debby Oxley, will go early next week to Casse’s division at Churchill, where she will have her final workout for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 3.

(Electric Forest / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

ELECTRIC FOREST CAPS BIG DAY FOR BROWN
IN HILLIARD LYONS-BAIRD DOUBLEDOGDARE

Stonestreet Stables’ Electric Forest, front-running winner of Friday’s Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare (G3), is headed to Belmont Park, according to Baldo Hernandez, assistant to trainer Chad Brown.

The stakes victory gave the Brown stable three victories on the day and increased Brown’s lead over Brad Cox to 9-7 in the race for leading trainer with four days to go in the meet, which ends Friday, April 26. Brown, who has one horse entered today and one Wednesday, is seeking his first Keeneland training title. Cox also has one horse entered today and one Wednesday.

Hernandez said Electric Forest came out of the race fine as did Three Chimneys Farm’s Guarana, a 14¾-length winner in her career debut in Friday’s seventh race.

“She is a nice filly and will probably go to Saratoga,” Hernandez said.

 

UPCOMING STAKES PROBABLES

$150,000 BEWITCH (G3) (Entries taken Tuesday, April 23; race Friday, April 26) – Beach Flower (trainer Mac Robertson), Coachwhip (Jack Sisterson), Flower Party (IRE) (Mike Stidham), Gaining (GB) (Brad Cox), Get Explicit (Barbara Minshall), Ickymasho (GB) (Roger Attfield), Maroubra (FR) (Cherie DeVaux), Samuna (FR) (Jorge Abreu) and Sky Full of Stars (Christophe Clement). Possible: Peru (GB) (Mike Maker), Vexatious (Neil Drysdale).


SPRING MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Keeneland Library is one of the world’s largest repositories of information related to the Thoroughbred. In its exhibit “Herbert Haseltine: The Gold Standard,” visitors will see two prominent works from the latter period of the acclaimed sculptor of the early 20th century: “The Thoroughbred Horse” and “Portrait of the Racehorse Tom Fool.” The exhibit “From the Vault: Jockeys” features 26 images dating from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century from the Library’s archive of more than 1 million negatives and photographic prints. Varied memorabilia from Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Arcaro, Ted Atkinson and Bill Shoemaker accompany the photographs. The Library is open weekdays at no charge from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Official Keeneland ToursKeeneland offers a selection of year-round, guided racing and sales tours, including Behind-the-Scenes Racing Tours, Owner’s Experience Tours and Backstretch Tours with a Day at the Races.

                                                                                                                                   Saturday, April 20


Breeders’ Cup Photos –
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Keeneland invites fans to have their photo taken in a special areaoutside The Keeneland Shop across from the Walking Ring, where a wall features the newly unveiled logo for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland and #BC20. A professional photographer will take photos and be able to email a digital photo within four minutes and produce a print photo.

Fans are invited to share their photos on Twitter or Instagram using #BC20 and tag @breederscup for a chance to win a VIP ticket package for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland. The winner will be selected at random and contacted by April 22. For official rules, visit Breederscup.com/2020/Rules .


$300,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Presented by TVG.
Includes races 7-10. Race 9 is the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2).

NYRA Cross Country Wager features the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) and stakes from Aqueduct, Charles Town, Oaklawn and Woodbine.

The Keeneland Shop Milliners Corner with Dorfman Pacific.

Sunday, April 21 – Easter – Keeneland is closed.

SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

Through April 19 (12 days of 16-day season)

 

 

JockeyStartsWins2nd3rdPurses
Javier Castellano331474$1,905,914
Florent Geroux611294$725,150
Joel Rosario391263$624,405
Tyler Gaffalione669410$712,926
John Velazquez37977$537,623
Luis Saez50974$565,290

 

TrainerStartsWins2nd3rdPurses
Chad Brown24963$830,954
Brad Cox20740$438,877
Wesley Ward28664$444,211

 

OwnerWins
e Five Racing Thoroughbreds (Robert J. Edwards Jr.)3
Hronis Racing (Kosta Hronis)3
Juddmonte Farms (Khalid Abdullah)3

 

 

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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