(Code of Honor, outside, was declared the winner after interference in the stretch run of the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup / Photo by Janet Garaguso & Courtesy of NYRA)
From the NYRA Media Team:
Trainer Shug McGaughey — Code of Honor (1st):
“I thought maybe Johnny had to move a little sooner than he wanted to just because Tacitus and Preservationist weren’t able to put the pressure on Vino Rosso.” McGaughey said. “I thought we had him at every jump and he [Vino Rosso] kind of came out. I knew he had come out, but I didn’t know they bumped because my view was watching sideways. When I saw the head on, then they threw the objection and inquiry, I thought there was a good chance they’d make a change. Johnny told me they got us twice pretty good.”
McGaughey won his third career Jockey Club Gold Cup and first in 26 years, adding to his first with Hall of Famer Easy Goer in 1989 and Miner’s Mark in 1993.
“This horse is a pretty good horse now,” McGaughey said. “He’s made so much improvement since the [Kentucky] Derby. I couldn’t be any prouder of him than I am.”
Owner Will Farish — Code of Honor:
“That’s up in the air. This horse needs a little vacation but on the other hand, he comes out of his races well and that is certainly a possibility,” said Farish on the possibility of running in the Classic. “I don’t go after anybody, but this is a wonderful horse and he deserved it. I saw the pictures of it and it was definitely three bumps but bottom line, we’re all very excited. It was a really meaningful win for us. We had our family here from all over the country and Shug is just a great, great friend, a wonderful trainer and he did a fabulous job with this horse. This is just fantastic.”
Jockey John Velazquez — Code of Honor:
“Honestly, he came out and bumped my horse on me. I had put the head in front of him and he bumped him. It kind of got my horse off balance for the second time when he bumped him. And now he puts the head in front of me and I’m trying to get back in front of him and he beats me by a head or a nose or whatever it is.
“It was a perfect trip, no complaints at all. Just when we got to the eighth pole, he bumped me a little bit, just enough to get my horse off balance.”
“He’s [Code Of Honor] been showing up the last three races. He’s putting it together. I’m very proud of him. He’s the top of the [3-year old) division now, I believe,” said Velazquez, who broke Jerry Bailey’s record of 660 career graded stakes wins on Friday at Santa Anita before flying back to New York.
Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr — Vino Rosso (2nd by DQ):
“He fought hard. I was proud of the way he ran,” Ortiz said.