Code of Honor
TrainerClaude McGaughey III
BreederW. S. Farish
SireNoble Mission (GB)
As he prepares for another Breeders’ Cup appearance, Code of Honor continues to maintain the elite status he first flaunted in 2018.
"He's stronger; he looks a lot stronger," jockey Johnny Velazquez said immediately after his Westchester Stakes (G3) victory at Belmont Park June 6 in his first start of the year. "He grew up and so hopefully we can have a good year.”
Grade 1-placed at two, Code of Honor was so sensational in 2019 that he was one of three Eclipse Award finalists as Champion 3-year-old Male. His resume was punctuated by victories in the Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga and Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. He also is the official runner-up in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
After finishing off the board as the second choice in the 2019 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita, Code of Honor thrived during his extended vacation that included roaming in a grassy paddock at Margaux Farm near Lexington, Ky. In early February the chestnut rejoined Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey at his winter base of Payson Park training center in South Florida.
Code of Honor is from the first crop of sire Noble Mission (GB), a Group 1 winner in Europe and full brother to European superstar Frankel. Code of Honor races for his breeder William S. Farish, who consigned him to the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale through his Lane’s End consignment. He failed to reach Farish’s expected price and was listed as not sold on a final bid of $70,000. He was then 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. “He took the breaking process extremely well and thrived as we progressed into longer gallops and eventual breezing.”
A winner on debut as a 2-year-old at Saratoga, Code of Honor was a game second in the Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park after stumbling at the start. His intended appearance in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs was derailed when he developed a fever the morning of the race.
|August 01, 2020||Whitney S.||SARATOGA||1||4|
|July 04, 2020||Runhappy Metropolitan H.||BELMONT PARK||1||3|
|June 06, 2020||Westchester S.||BELMONT PARK||3||1|
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