07/22/2011 1:09PM

Monmouth Park: Gentleman's Code a standout for Ward

Tom Keyser
Team Six, with John Velazquez riding, set the pace in the Futurity at Belmont and would up second.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Gentlemans Code was a lone bright spot for trainer Wesley Ward in his latest foray to England.

Back from his travels abroad, Gentlemans Code now heads to Monmouth Park on Sunday for the $70,000 Tyro Stakes for 2-year-olds at 5 1/2 furlongs.

The 12-race card that starts at 12:50 p.m. also includes the $70,000 Desert Vixen for 3-year-old fillies on the turf, a race that failed to fill for Saturday before coming back with eight runners when held over another day.

The Tyro is the prep for the meet’s top juvenile event: the Grade 3, $150,000 Sapling Stakes on Sept. 3.

Gentlemans Code debuted in May at muddy Belmont Park, running second after setting the pace.

Then it was off to England for two races on the turf. Gentlemans Code promptly secured his maiden win at Folkestone before heading on the main objective: Royal Ascot, where he ran fourth in the Windsor Castle Stakes, losing by only 2 3/4 lengths in a 24-horse field.

“He was the only horse we took that ran credable over there,” Ward said. “The rest of them, the soggy ground kind of got to them. He’s a very nice horse. He won over there and was only beat a couple of lengths at Ascot for all the money.”

Gentlemans Code now shifts back to the main track after a couple of works at Aqueduct.

“He shipped back very well and he had some beautiful works at Aqueduct so I’m expecting a big effort,” Ward said.

In keeping with the international theme, Hiroki Goto will be aboard. A top rider in Japan, Goto is spending two months in the United States at Ward’s urging.

“He’s a wonderful gentleman,” Ward said of Goto. “I hope he gets going here.”

Gentlemans Code could have an entrymate in the Tyro: Bless the Soldier, who is cross-entered in the Grade 2 Sanford at Saratoga that same afternoon. Ward was undecided on Friday morning as to where Bless the Soldier would wind up.

Goto was named to ride both by Ward who is winning at 48 percent clip at Monmouth (11 for 23).

Of the seven horses entered, five are stepping up to the stakes following their maiden wins: Bless the Soldier, Avenuesofnewyork, Smokin Ammo, Uncle Todd, and She Digs Me.

Team Six joins Gentlemans Code as the other runner in the field with previous stakes experience.

After drawing off to a five-length win in his debut at Monmouth, Team Six set the pace and held on for second in the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont Park. Angel Serpa will ride for trainer Mark Shuman.

Desert Vixen: Ryan has pair

Trainer Derek Ryan has two fillies, running as separate betting interests, in the 1 1/16-mile Desert Vixen: My Sunshine Gal and Glore Racer.

My Sunshine Gal, a $25,000 claim at Tampa Bay Downs in March, most recently finished a distant second in Monmouth’s Grade 3 Boiling Springs Stakes.

Glore Racer won an $18,000 claiming tag in her latest effort.

Pinch Pie is 2 for 3 on the turf for trainer Tony Dutrow while Oak Marsh looks to rebound from a sixth-place finish in the Boiling Springs.

Master Shade, Tomica’s Spirit, Oh So Bella and Mount Holiday complete the field. So Much Love was entered for the main track only.

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