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Honor Code injured, off Derby trail
Remsen winner Honor Code has been knocked off the Kentucky Derby trail by a suspensory injury.
Daily Racing Form's Mike Welsch first tweeted Sunday that the Shug McGaughey trainee has been diagnosed with a "slight tear in right hind upper suspensory" and "will be re-evaluated in 60 days."
Honor Code was expected to make his next start in the April 5 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, and the NYRA press office issued a release with the unfortunate news.
"It will heal," McGaughey said. "We discovered it this morning. We'll give it 60 days and then re-evaluate it."
Prominent on the list of Derby contenders ever since his eye-popping maiden win at Saratoga last August, Honor Code missed by a neck in the Champagne and concluded his freshman season with a photo-finish verdict over Cairo Prince in the November 30 Remsen.
But Honor Code met with a couple of physical issues over the winter. The royally-bred son of A.P. Indy underwent a procedure to remove an undescended testicle, then developed hind ankle bruising when based at Payson Park.
After his transfer to Gulfstream Park, Honor Code got back on track and posted a steady series of works until his reappearance in a March 12 allowance, where he could not get close to track record-setting romper Social Inclusion.
Honor Code returned to the worktab Saturday, breezing a half-mile in :48, only to meet with this latest setback.
McGaughey, who celebrated his first Kentucky Derby victory in his Hall of Fame career with Orb last year, has now lost his top two prospects of 2014 to injury. On March 8, his well-regarded Top Billing exited a work at Payson Park with a cracked cannon bone that required surgery.