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.
Unlike the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic last month, when he scratched Point of Entry because of the wet going, trainer Shug McGaughey said emphatically that the 5-year-old will compete in the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap.
Trainer Shug McGaughey said June 2 that Orb definitely will be pointed toward the Belmont Stakes following the colt's half-mile work in :48.30 at Belmont Park and gallop-out of five furlongs in a sharp 1:00.48.