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Code of Honor

  • Jockey
    John Velazquez
  • Trainer
    Claude R. McGaughey III
  • Owner
    W.S. Farish
  • Breeder
    W.S. Farish
  • Sire
    Noble Mission (GB)
  • Dam
    Reunited

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2-year-old that he was among the favorites for the 2018 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), but he was withdrawn from the race because of a mild fever.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.”

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
20
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
July 06, 2019Dwyer S.BELMONT PARK31
May 04, 2019Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford ReserveCHURCHILL DOWNS13
March 30, 2019Xpressbet Florida DerbyGULFSTREAM PARK13
March 02, 2019Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S.GULFSTREAM PARK21
January 05, 2019Mucho Macho Man S.GULFSTREAM PARK 4
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 06, 2018Champagne S.BELMONT PARK12
August 18, 2018 SARATOGA 1

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