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: GSW & GISP, 4-2-1-0, $384,820.
Last Start: 3rd, GI Florida Derby, GP, Mar. 30
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 74.

Classics races aren’t always about brawn and power. Sometimes a race like the Derby is won by a nimble, agile stayer who lucks out with the right trip. If Code of Honor is to win a week from Saturday, that scenario could be the game plan for how he gets it done. This first-crop Noble Mission (GB) homebred is a light-bodied May 23 foal. While consistency has not been his calling card, Code of Honor has flashed glimmers of promise, like in his adversity-overcoming second in the GI Champagne S. or when he reeled in the field in the GII Fountain of Youth S. Although exact foaling date records are sketchy prior to 1940, ten known May foals have won the Derby dating to 1875, and three of those winners had a May 23 or later foaling date: Exterminator in 1918 (May 30), Northern Dancer in 1964 (May 27), and Thunder Gulch in 1995 (May 23).