March 9, 2015
Lane’s End Racing and Dell Ride Farm’s HONOR CODE unleashed his patented late kick and flew past a host of classy rivals to win the G2 Gulfstream Park H. in Hallandale Mar. 7.
The regally bred 4yo son of A.P. INDY, making his second start off an absence, was content to give the likes of Private Zone and Wicked Strong a 15-length headstart as he trailed the field in the one-mile race. But once given his cue by jockey Javier Castellano, HONOR CODE gobbled up ground with every stride and flew past them all to by a half-length over the triple Grade 1 winner Private Zone.
Trained by the Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, HONOR CODE earn a big 108 Beyer for the win, the third-highest figure of the year in races up to a mile.
“I got concerned when there wasn’t a 1 on the TV for a long time,” McGaughey, referring to the number on Honor Code’s saddle towel, told the Daily Racing Form. “It was the same thing when he broke his maiden at Saratoga. He was never in the picture, and I was thinking up excuses already. This was only his second race in a year. We’ve got to all remember that. To see him come back and run the way he did, dig down and run as hard as he did and gallop out the way he did, it’s a tribute to the horse and to the people [who work with him]. Everybody put their heads together, we were determined to get him back and see how good he is, and he showed us today.”
HONOR CODE has now won 4 of 6 starts and earned $626,740.
HONOR CODE was tabbed at TDN Rising Star when he won his debut in spectacular late-running fashion on debut at Saratoga in August of 2013. He ran second in the G1 Champagne S. in his next, then defeated Cairo Prince and Wicked Strong in the G2 Remsen S. He was considered a top Kentucky Derby prospect before being sidelined.