HALLANDALE BEACH, FL– Remsen (G2) winner Honor Code will make his highly 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 $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) 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 Champagne (G1) 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 Miller Lite Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Jan. 25 to establish himself a leading contender for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29, as well as the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 3.
South Florida Flavor among Hall of Fame Nominees
Former Gulfstream Park riding champions and Florida Derby (G1) winners Alex Solis and Craig Perret are two of four jockeys among the 10 finalists for induction into the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame this summer.
Finalists were selected by the 16-member nomination committee and announced Friday from among 84 candidates suggested by turf writers, industry participants and racing fans. Results of the voting will be announced April 25, and the induction ceremony held on August 8 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Solis, 49, has spent much of this winter riding at Gulfstream, where he had a record of 4-11-9 from 61 mounts, finishing second with Pilatus in Friday’s sixth. Solis led the jockey standings in 1983 and 1984, winning the Florida Derby in 1997 with Captain Bodgit and 1986 with Snow Chief, and the Gulfstream Park (G1) and Donn (G1) handicaps with Sea Caden in 1992.
In a career that began in 1982, Solis has won 4,980 races and more than $234 million in purses including 321 graded stakes, 633 stakes, three Breeders’ Cup races and the 1986 Preakness (G1) with Snow Chief. Perret, 63, won the Gulfstream riding title in 1968 and captured the 1977 Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby aboard Ruthie’s Native. He also took three consecutive editions of the Suwannee River (G3) from 1987-89, the 1990 Swale (G2) with champion sprinter Housebuster, and the 1994 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G1) on Scuffleburg.
A native of Louisiana, Perret retired in 2005 with 4,417 career wins and nearly $114 million in purse earnings. He was voted the Eclipse Award as top jockey in 1990, winning the Kentucky Derby (G1) that year with Unbridled and the Belmont Stakes (G1) with Bet Twice in 1987.
Also up for induction in 2014 are jockeys Chris Antley and Garrett Gomez, trainers Steve Asmussen and Gary Jones, and horses Ashado, Curlin, Kona Gold and Xtra Heat. Asmussen, Curlin and Kona Gold are finalists for the first time.
Sweet Emma Rose Captures Turf Sprint
The swift Sweet Emma Rose lived up to her even-money billing in today's seventh race at Gulfstream Park, a $48,750 optional claiming test going five furlongs on the grass. Away alertly, the daughter of City Zip went straight to the lead and never looked back en route to a 1 1/4-length victory. She stopped the clock in 56.56 seconds. Henny Jenney rallied from the back of the pack to claim second.
Owned by Hat Creek Racing, Sweet Emma Rose was part of trainer Wesley Ward's invasion of Royal Ascot last June and acquitted herself nobly with a second in the Queen Mary Stakes (G2). Ward gave her some time off following that effort and the bay filly proved second best in her comeback at Gulfstream on February 6.
"She's a turfer and she's fast, so that's her game," Ward said. "We'll probably go to Keeneland after this. I'll definitely have some 2-year-olds that will go to Royal Ascot, and maybe her, too."
Rainbow 6 Jackpot Still Growing
There was no unique winning ticket of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 wager, creating a carryover of $2,493,429.93 heading into Saturday’s 11-race card. Post time is 1:05 p.m.
The popular multi-race Rainbow 6 wager requires a bettor to hold the only winning ticket on the day’s final six races to collect the jackpot, which has not been paid in its entirety since being cashed for $30,670.26 on Jan. 10.
A total of $584,101 was bet into the Rainbow 6 with the consolation worth $40,872.86. Saturday’s card includes the season debut of Belmont (G1) winner Palace Malice and Preakness (G1) runner-up Itsmyluckyday in the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G1).
Who’s Hot: Meet-leading apprentice rider Dylan Davis added two wins on Friday, with B E Boston Strong ($3) in the fourth and Sweet Emma Rose in the seventh. Kendrick Carmouche had a pair of long shot winners with Devils Peak ($29.60) in the fifth and Duke of Ritchie ($39.80) in the eighth. Javier Castellano also won two with Thunder Run ($6) in the sixth and Poor Etiquette ($.7.20) in the 10th and last.
Rainbow 6 carryover: $2,493,429.93.