• Honor Code is #3 on this weeks Derby Dozen list: Honor Code Shug McGaughey

    A.P. Indy—Serena’s Cat, by Storm Cat

    The more I watch his races, the more important he becomes on the Derby trail and the more we can’t afford to lose him. His stride is something to see and he has all the qualities of a star. All we can hope for is no more setbacks and two good efforts at Oaklawn. With Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day retired, Champagne winner Havana out with a quarter crack, and CashCall Futurity winner Shared Belief looking more and more like a no show with each day, he, along with Cairo Prince and Tapiture are all that remain from the elite group of major 2013 stakes horses. His half-mile breeze in :52 appeared at first to be a slight step backward, nearly three seconds slower than his previous breeze, but according to McGaughey, although it was slower than he wanted, it actually was a 5f work from the half-mile pole and he was strongest in the furlong after the wire. McGaughey said he galloped out strong and he would work him in company next time and have him pick it up, which he did on Sunday, tearing off 5 furlongs in :59 breezing, so all systems appear to be on ‘go.’

    Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/kentucky-derby-dozen/archive/2014/03/03/derby-dozen-march-3-2014-presented-by-shadwell-farm.aspx#ixzz2uw9PsX4m
  • Honor Code (A.P. Indy - Serena’s Cat, by Storm Cat) Shug McGaughey – The long lost winter book favorite for the Run for the Roses has been conspicuous in his absence, but it seems that his juvenile races have only been flattered by what has happened so far this year, especially by the emergence of Cairo Prince. His recent works seem to say that he is feeling good again. I guess all we have now is to trust in the training ability of one of the best in the business. It’s certainly not too late. He does not need to win the Rebel, nor does he have to win the one after that, but if Shug can get in two solid efforts before May, there is no reason to believe that he can’t have him at his very best by the time we get to May. All we have to do is think back to the last furlong of the Remsen, against none other than Cairo Prince, to realize that would be a very scary proposition for the rest of the Kentucky Derby field.
  • Honor Code (A.P. Indy)
    3: 2-1-0 $388,000
    Owner: Lane’s End and Dell Ridge
    Trainer: Shug McGaughey
    Jockey: Javier Castellano
    1st Remsen Stakes (G2) – BSF 88
    2nd Champagne Stakes (G1) – BSF 93
    14 Road to Kentucky Derby points
    Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 10-1
    Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2: 12-1
    Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3: 11-1
  • Honor Code is entered March 12th in an allowance at Gulfstream Park.1 1/16th over dirt.5 horse field
  • Can't wait to see this guy run again!
  • Honor Code to make 3-year-old debut Wednesday

    McGaughey’s other top Kentucky Derby prospect, Honor Code, is slated to launch his 3-year-old campaign in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race here Wednesday. Honor Code had a minor setback of his own earlier this winter that cost him 10 days of training but has been working forwardly for his return since being transferred from Payson to Gulfstream Park in late January.

    McGaughey had originally planned on bringing Honor Code back in the Grade 2 Rebel next Saturday at Oaklawn. But P.J. Campo, vice president of racing for the Stronach Group, approached McGaughey and asked if he’d be willing to keep Honor Code in Florida if he could fill a two-turn allowance race for him next week.

    “The biggest factor in the decision to remain here for the allowance race and not go in the Rebel is that we don’t have to ship,” said McGaughey, who won the 2013 Kentucky Derby with Orb.

    McGaughey had originally been eyeing the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 5 for Honor Code’s final Kentucky Derby prep. But with Top Billing now out of the race, McGaughey left the door open that Honor Code could possibly remain here for the Florida Derby, depending upon his performance on Wednesday.
  • Honor Code this morning

  • Honor Code - TVG 2014 Kentucky Derby Profile:
  • Trainer Shug McGaughey prepares Honor Code for 2014 debut:
  • Honor Code is #3 on this weeks Derby Dozen list: Honor Code Shug McGaughey

    A.P. Indy—Serena’s Cat, by Storm Cat

    I have mixed feelings about his change of plans to run in a March 12 allowance race. On one hand, I can certainly understand why McGaughey would prefer not having to ship to Oaklawn. On the other hand, I’m concerned about him getting enough out of the race to have him battle tested come the first Saturday in May. He’s already had a physical setback, which you never want to see, and is fortunate to still have sufficient time and racing to be ready for a top effort in the Derby, especially with the foundation he built at 2. But do the brilliantly fast colt, Social Inclusion, with only one six-furlong maiden romp in his career, or the hard-knocking allowance horse We’re All Set have the class to even make Honor Code work up a sweat? McGaughey said he’d love a nice easy race in case he decides to run him back in the Florida Derby. But he’ll have to have a real stiff test in the Florida Derby to toughen him up for such an arduous test on May 3. He did have an excellent half-mile sharpener in :47 4/5 Sunday in case he needs to chase Social Inclusion, so perhaps this race will out well in the long run.

    Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/kentucky-derby-dozen/archive/2014/03/10/derby-dozen-march-10-2014-presented-by-shadwell-farm.aspx#ixzz2vb4aT5Ud
  • Honor Code is so beautiful he just takes my breath away! I really hope he does well in his race tomorrow.
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    Honor Code set for season debut
    Bloodhorse Updated: March 9, 2014
    Coming up to his 2014 seasonal debut at Gulfstream Park, top 3-year-old prospect Honor Code breezed four furlongs March 9 in :47.97 seconds over the main track.
    The son of A.P. Indy is to face a small field of four other sophomores in a March 12 allowance race at 1 1/16 miles. It is the eighth race on the Wednesday program with a 4:39 EDT scheduled post time. Trainer Shug McGaughey said he intends to use the race as a gauge to determine if the Remsen Stakes winner is fit enough to run in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby March 29.
  • Sad news :( Social Inclusion romps over Honor Code in track record time!
  • That was disappointing to watch :( But I'm curious to hear what Shug's thoughts are about HC's performance, and where he'll go from here. Props to Social Inclusion though
  • That was disappointing to watch :( But I'm curious to hear what Shug's thoughts are about HC's performance, and where he'll go from here. Props to Social Inclusion though
    Do you have a link to the race?
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    edited March 2014
    Tim Wilkin ‏tweet Wed. March 12 2014
    Social Inclusion, who broke maiden in 1st start 2-14, ran 1 1/16 miles in track record time: 1:40.97.
    Gate-to-wire. @Honor__Code no factor.
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    Kentucky Derby 2014| Honor Code loses but a star emerges
    Posted on March 12, 2014 by Jennie Rees Trackside with C-J Jennie
    Going in, the story of Gulfstream Park’s $75,000 open allowance race for 3-year-olds Wednesday was all Honor Code. Ranked No. 3 in The Courier-Journal’s Kentucky Derby poll, the royally bred colt was making his first start since winning the Nov. 30 Remsen.
    But 1 1/16 miles later, the gushing was all about the wire-to-wire winner, the now 2-for-2 and never challenged Social Inclusion, who set a track record of 1:40.97 in beating Honor Code by 10 lengths.
    “He was doing it so easy,” jockey Luis Contreras, who guided Social Inclusion home in a hand ride told Gulfstream Park’s publicity department. “I wasn’t doing anything. He’s a tremendous horse.”
  • Very disappointing for Honor Code. Hope he regains his form going forward.
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