TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Honor A.P.

2) HONOR A.P. (r, Honor Code–Hollywood Story, by Wild Rush)
O-C R K Stable LLC. B-George Krikorian (Ky). T-John Shirreffs. Sales History: $850,000 yrl ’18 FTSAUG. Lifetime Record: GSP, 3-1-2-0, $122,200.
Last Start: 2nd GII San Felipe S., SA, Mar. 7
Next Start: Possible for GI Arkansas Derby, OP, May 2
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 20.

Honor A.P.’s trainer, John Shirreffs, said several weeks ago he had faith the GI Santa Anita Derby would be restored once Santa Anita gets the green light to reopen. He opted not to ship for the GI Arkansas Derby, and with the announcement that June 6 is now inked into a new condition book as the revised date for the Santa Anita Derby (purse reduced from $1 million to $400,000), it looks as if Shirreffs’ gamble to keep pointing this $850,000 FTSAUG purchase for a race over his home track will pay off. Honor A.P. already has three well-spaced races on his resume (August, October, March), and a Santa Anita Derby start would come off a three-month layoff. His Mar. 7 GII San Felipe S. second resonates as a way-better-than-it-looks try: he broke alertly, settled willingly inside, worked his way outside to methodically inhale the top stalking threats, but couldn’t reel in loose-on-the-lead favorite Authentic (Into Mischief) over 1 1/16 miles, yet he galloped out on even terms with that winner.


2nd GII San Felipe S.
1st Maiden
2nd Maiden