ELMONT, N.Y. – Stuart S. Janney’s homebred Limited Liability worked a half-mile in company with 4-year-old maiden winner Stolen Holiday Sunday in 50.24 on the Belmont inner turf in preparation for Sunday’s Grade 2 Pilgrim, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for juveniles.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said Limited Liability worked well with the addition of blinkers which he will wear for the first time in the afternoon on Sunday.
“He wasn’t keen with them. I’m just hoping he’ll engage a little earlier depending on the pace,” McGaughey said.
The 2-year-old Kitten’s Joy gray has made a pair of starts at Saratoga, graduating on debut in July traveling 1 1/16-miles on the Mellon turf ahead of a third in the Grade 3 With Anticipation over the inner turf on September 1.
McGaughey said Magic Cap Stables’ Frosty Brew is training well ahead of Saturday’s Grade 1 Frizette. She worked a half-mile in 49 flat Saturday on the Fair Hill dirt.
The dark bay daughter of Frosted bested eight other juvenile fillies in an impressive 1 3/4-length score in her September 9 debut sprinting six furlongs at Laurel Park.
W.S. Farish homebred Code of Honor will breeze Monday on the Belmont main track in preparation for a start in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward.
Code of Honor winning the 2019 Travers at Saratoga with John Velazquez up. (Adam Mooshian)
Code of Honor enjoyed a memorable sophomore season being elevated to second in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby before posting wins in the Grade 3 Dwyer at Belmont, Grade 1 Runhappy Travers at Saratoga and a score by disqualification in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Big Sandy.
Last year, Code of Honor boasted a record of 1-2-1 in five starts, including a score in the Grade 3 Westchester. He made his seasonal debut with a fifth in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational in January at Gulfstream and returned to winning form last out with a 2 1/2-length score under Paco Lopez in the 1 1/16-mile Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin at Monmouth that registered a 105 Beyer.
McGaughey said Code of Honor, racing off a seven-month layoff, touted his Iselin effort with impressive breezes on the Oklahoma dirt training track in Saratoga.
“He trained into it good and ran good,” McGaughey said. “He’s trained good since then whether we were at Saratoga on the Oklahoma or here at Belmont. He’s in good shape now [mentally]. I think the layoff helped. He got a lot stronger.”
McGaughey said Lopez will retain the mount for the Woodward.
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Photo: Limited Liability breaking his maiden at Saratoga July 31, 2021. (NYRA/Coglianese)