Code of Honor
TrainerClaude R. McGaughey III
SireNoble Mission (GB)
Code of Honor was such an outstanding 2-year-old that he was among the favorites for the 2018 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), but he was withdrawn from the race because of a mild fever. He returned to Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey’s Belmont Park base before wintering in Florida to prepare for the Kentucky Derby (G1). He solidified a Derby spot with his Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) score and Florida Derby (G1) third-place finish. In the Run for the Roses, Code of Honor raced in mid-pack before scooting through a wide opening to briefly lead at the top of the stretch. The blazed-faced, white-legged chestnut crossed the finish in third, but was elevated to second upon Maximum Security’s disqualification. His connections had planned to bypass the remainder of the Triple Crown if he did not win the Derby, so Code of Honor took a short vacation from racing. McGaughey said during that time, the colt matured physically and mentally. He lived up his early expectations by winning the Dwyer Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park July 6 in his return. “He is a pretty classy horse," McGaughey said immediately after the Dwyer. "(Jockey Johnny Velazquez) and I were talking about how quiet he was in the paddock and then when I gave him a leg up, he gets on his toes and goes to the post that way. I think (the Dwyer) is exactly the way he wants to run—to just drop back out of it a bit and, depending on the pace, making one run like that.” Code of Honor races for his breeder William S. Farish, who consigned him to the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale, but he failed to reach Farish’s expected price and was listed as not sold on a final bid of $70,000. He was sent to Courtlandt Farm in Ocala, Florida where he excelled in his early lessons under saddle. “(He was) a high energy sort with a real go-forward attitude,” farm trainer Ernie Retamoza Jr. told Brisnet.com. “Everywhere he went, he walked with great energy and enthusiasm. He took the breaking process extremely well and thrived as we progressed into longer gallops and eventual breezing.”
|July 06, 2019||Dwyer S.||BELMONT PARK||3||1|
|May 04, 2019||Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve||CHURCHILL DOWNS||1||3|
|March 30, 2019||Xpressbet Florida Derby||GULFSTREAM PARK||1||3|
|March 02, 2019||Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S.||GULFSTREAM PARK||2||1|
|January 05, 2019||Mucho Macho Man S.||GULFSTREAM PARK||4|
- November 1, 2018
The $2 million, Grade 1 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Churchill Downs. This is the highlight event on Future Stars Friday and will play a large role in determining the 2018 champion 2-year-old male.
- October 31, 2018
The prestigious 1 1/16-mile race figures to determine the champion 2-year-old male of 2018, as well as the early favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, and with 14 horses in the field, the pace would probably be heated even if there weren’t an abundance of proven speed horses in the field.
- October 30, 2018
Post positions for the $2,000,000, G1 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile have been drawn and a field of fourteen potential headline makers will burst from the gate on Future Stars Friday.