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Minutes before they broke Saturday's Grade 1
McGaughey won 1 1/4 miles from the finish with 2: 01.05 but only since Coronado's quest in 1998.
"That's too long," said McGaughey. "It can not take that long."
The Nobel Mission's son, W. S. Farish's son, entered the midsummer derby following a win at Belmont Parks Dwyer Stakes (G3). Other highlights of the season include a victory in Gulfstream Park's Fountain of Youth (G2) and second place in the Kentucky Derby.
However, the Hall of Fame coach also referred to this season as "Jekyll and Hyde" honor code with some disappointing results.
"He put everything together today," McGaughey said. "He was training really well, his Dwyer was a really good race and we were confident that we would see what we saw."
The May foal, the youngest in the Travers field of 12, could face an even brighter future.
Looking at the stumbling bikinis from the gate changed the breed's complexion from the beginning. Instead of coming to the top as expected, this foal handed over the position to Tacitus, the racing favorite, who put on turn signals for the first time on Saturday and dueled within Mucho Gusto. These two never faded so much as Code of Honor's flame flared up late on the outside, and his face was covered with dirt after sitting most of the way behind the guides.
"Johnny drove a great race on him," added the coach after Code of Honor's three-time victory. "He was patient with him and tried to keep him focused because sometimes he can lose his focus a bit, we are tickled to death."
"I just had to keep his mind on running," added Velazquez. "Today I've made sure that he reacted immediately when I got him to clarify."
Code of Honor returned $ 10.80 to win.