The 2014 renewal of the Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes June 7, a race with a strong collection of past winners, features three trainers -- Shug McGaughey, Bill Mott and Christophe Clement -- who have won the race three times each.
Phipps Stable and Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey have cornered the market on the Grade 1, $400,000 Man o' War Stakes of late, with Point of Entry (2012), Boisterous (2013) and now Imagining prevailing in Sunday's renewal at Belmont Park.
Highly regarded 3-year-old Honor Code officially breezed three furlongs in :35.66 seconds Feb. 12 at Gulfstream Park for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, while completing four furlongs in :47.78 seconds and galloping out five-eighths in 1:01.49.
Foxwoods Champagne Stakes runner-up Honor Code will bypass the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park in favor of the $250,000 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said Oct. 10.
Although Point of Entry will not defend his title in the $600,000 Man o' War Handicap, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey hopes Boisterous will be a capable pinch-hitter in the 1 3/8-mile turf event at Belmont Park July 13.
Orb, winner of the Kentucky Derby, returned to the worktab July 3 for the first time since his third-place finish in the June 6 Belmont Stakes with a three-furlong breeze at Fair Hill Training Center near Elkton, Md.