Honor Code to bypass Rebel, make seasonal bow in allowance race

Edited Gulfstream Park release:

Honor Code, winner of the Grade II Remsen Stakes last November, will bypass the Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park as originally planned next weekend and instead make his anticipated 3-year-old debut in an 8 ½-furlong allowance event over the Gulfstream Park main track on Wednesday.

Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey for Lane’s End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm, Honor Code drew post four in a field of five and will have regular rider Javier Castellano aboard.

Entries were taken on Friday for the race, which also drew Social Inclusion, We’re All Set, Specialnightaction and Ta Bueno. Honor Code will carry topweight of 124 pounds.

Honor Code missed a planned start in the Grade II $400,000 Fountain of Youth  on Feb. 22 with bruising in his back ankles. McGaughey moved the son of A.P. Indy from Payson Park in Indiantown to Gulfstream at the end of January to keep a closer eye on his recovery.

Since his arrival Honor Code has breezed four times at Gulfstream, most recently going five furlongs in 59.18 seconds on March 2. Second by a neck to Havana in the Grade I Champagne Stakes in October, Honor Code beat Cairo Prince by a nose in the Remsen at Aqueduct to end his juvenile season.

Cairo Prince was an easy winner of the $400,000 Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Jan. 25 to establish himself a leading contender for the $1 million Florida Derby  on March 29.