TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Code of Honor

CODE OF HONOR (c, Noble Mission {GB}–Reunited, by Dixie Union)
O/B-W. S. Farish (KY). T-Shug McGaughey.
Sales History: $70,000 RNA Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GISP, 2-1-1-0, $146,750.
Last Start: 2nd, GI Champagne S., BEL, Oct. 6
Next Start: Aiming for GII Fountain of Youth S., GP, Mar. 2
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 4.

Code of Honor is in regroup mode following a subpar showing at 4-5 odds in the Mucho Macho Man S. Jan. 5. I consider him a factor moving forward based primarily on his 14-1 adversity-overcoming second in the GI Champagne S. at Belmont Park last autumn, but also because his owner/trainer tandem doesn’t send horses down the Derby trail unless they believe they have a legitimate candidate. In the wake of this Noble Mission (GB) homebred’s Gulfstream defeat, trainer Shug McGuaghey said he would be conditioning Code of Honor a touch more aggressively, and to that effect the colt fired a bullet 1:01 five-eighths last Tuesday at Payson Park (1/12).We’re still about a month out, but the Fountain of Youth S. is shaping up as a pretty salty affair, with at least three contenders within this week’s Top 12 considered possible for that Mar. 2 stakes.