Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey will send Code of Honor to post on Saturday, March 30 in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on. With the Kentucky Derby in sight for this talented winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes, the veteran conditioner has a pretty good handle on a game he has ben involved in since 1979. Here are a couple of thoughts from the native of Lexington, Kentucky as Derby 145 draws ever closer.

On what he learned from his second place finish in the 1989 Kentucky Derby with the heavily favored Easy Goer- “Every race day is different and the Kentucky Derby is even more different than any other day. Easy Goer was an immensely talented colt but you can’t ever get too confident when you are going into these big races because anything can happen.”

Getting over the hump in 2013 and winning the Kentucky Derby with Orb- “What a special day. I thought I needed to win a Kentucky Derby early in my career to get it out of the way but I think winning it later is better because you appreciate it a little more. Somebody told me once winning the Derby is something that don’t wash off and they are right”

On potentially winning the 145th running with Code of Honor-“Bob Baffert says winning the second one is even sweeter, I hope I find out.”