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Kentucky Derby 2019: Code of Honor Wins FOY
Code of Honor's flat fourth in his season debut led Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey to ramp up the colt's training in recent weeks, and the move paid off Saturday when the W.S. Farish homebred roared past odds-on favorite Hidden Scroll to win the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes.
Under jockey John Velazquez, the son of Noble Mission remained near the rail while running from the inside post and had held off a rallying Bourbon War by 3/4 of a length in the 2019 Kentucky Derby prep.
Code of Honor's final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:43.85.
With the victory, McGaughey, who won the 2013 Derby with Orb, has qualified for this year's renewal set for May 4. The Fountain of Youth awarded points on a 50-20-10-5 basis to the Top 4 finishers.