Code of Honor, Midnight Bisou Breeze Towards Weekend Stakes

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Code of Honor galloping at Saratoga July 25 | Sarah Andrew

Will Farish's Code of Honor (Noble Mission {GB}) breezed a half-mile in :49.04 (XBTV video) at 5:30 Monday morning over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga, completing his preparations for Saturday's GI Whitney S. The nine-furlong event offers the winner a fees-paid berth in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland Nov. 7.

Working beneath his regular exercise rider Lexi Peaden, last year's GI Runhappy Travers S. hero went his opening quarter in :25.1 and galloped out five-eighths of a mile in 1:01.2 to the satisfaction of Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey.

“That's exactly what we wanted. I just wanted him to have a little bit of work and that's what I asked for him to go in,” said McGaughey, who has saddled Personal Ensign (1988), Easy Goer (1989) and Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code (2015) to win the Whitney. “I always breeze him on the Monday before he runs on Saturday. That seems to put him on his game. He's had two good works up here and he seems to be doing fine.”

Code of Honor will be making his third start of the season in the Whitney, having won the GIII Westchester S. ahead of a solid third-place effort to Vekoma (Candy Ride {Arg}) in the GI Runhappy Met Mile June 20. Four-time Whitney-winning jockey John Velazquez has the call in a field topped by Tom's d'Etat (Smart Strike).

Not long after Code of Honor left the track, champion Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) tuned up for Saturday's GI Personal Ensign S. presented by NYRA Bets with an easy half-mile spin that was timed in :50.55 at Oklahoma. Midnight Bisou, the Saudi Cup runner-up who exits a dominating 8 1/4-length success in the GII Fleur de Lis S. at Churchill June 27, will be ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., with Mike Smith unable to travel from California.

The Personal Ensign is also a Breeders' Cup Challenge race for the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff.

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