Honor Code

Max Player Preps for Belmont S.

GIII Wither S. hero Max Player (Honor Code) breezed six furlongs in 1:13.87 (1/2) Friday morning on the Belmont training track in preparation for the June 20 GI Belmont S. "He had a nice workout today. He went six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 on the training track and did it easily," said trainer Linda Rice. "We were happy with it. We'll give him two more workouts before the Belmont." A second-out graduate at Parx in December, the George Hall homebred came running late to take the nine-furlong Withers in February...

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Strength and Honor

As Honor A. P. (Honor Code) was gearing up for his career debut at Del Mar last summer, owner Lee Searing had some fun with trainer John Shirreffs while inquiring about a potential rider for his stunning $850,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling acquisition. "I asked John, it wasn't like I didn't know, and said, 'Who are you going to be putting on this big horse,'" Searing said of the veteran conditioner widely known for playing his cards close to his vest. "He said, 'Well, I don't know Lee.' As we got...

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Medina, Longtime Right Hand to McGaughey, Moves to Blackwood

Twenty-five years is a long time to spend in a job. Especially one in the world of training Thoroughbreds, which necessitates frequent travel, untold hours of overtime, waking up before the sun and physically toiling away at the daily work of controlling and redirecting the energy of half-ton animals. But when you get to spend that quarter-century under the tutelage of a Hall of Fame trainer, the time becomes an asset. And now, with a life's worth of experience accrued working under Shug McGaughey, former assistant Robby Medina has made...

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Apr. 22 Insights: Expensive Honor Code Colt Debuts for Shug at Tampa

7th-TAM, $20K, Msw, 3yo, 7f, 3:30 p.m. ET Lynne and Edward Hudson's pricey sophomore colt CREED (Honor Code) adds spice to the Wednesday card at Tampa Bay Downs as he makes his career debut for Shug McGaughey in this elongated sprint. A son of GSP Aspiring (Seeking the Gold), the bay hammered for $650,000 at Keeneland September and boasts a strong female family. Second dam Lassie's Legacy (Deputy Minister) is out of MGSW/GISP Weekend Surprise (Secretariat), making her a half-sister to the legendary A.P. Indy (Seattle Slew) and MGISW Summer...

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Honor Code Gets First Japanese Winner

Lane's End Farm's Honor Code (A.P. Indy--Serena's Cat, by Storm Cat) was represented by his first Japanese winner when the U.S.-conceived Queen's V V (Jpn) graduated at second asking in Saturday's first race at Hanshin Racecourse. Sent off the narrow second choice at odds of 23-10 to improve off a courageous fourth on course-and-trip debut Dec. 15, the registered black filly landed in midfield and about 10 lengths off the pace set by Bateau du Ciel (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}). The latter took the field into the lane and Queen's...

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Well-Related Honor Code Filly Runs to Backing at Gulfstream

2nd-Gulfstream, $43,000, Msw, 3-8, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:11.67, ft. FOUR GRANDS (f, 3, Honor Code--Taylor S {SW & GSP, $121,519}, by Medaglia d'Oro), backed down to 8-5 favoritism into the face of a pricey Todd Pletcher firster, ran to her backing Sunday for a facile debut victory at Gulfstream against a field of all fellow first timers. Off a half-step slowly from the outside six slot, the bay was pushed along by Luis Saez to chase in third outside of aforementioned Pletcher representative Maggie Fitz (Ghostzapper). She made an early...

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Max Player Wears Down Shotski in the Withers

Max Player went from maiden winner to graded winner by outstaying his competition in Saturday's GIII Withers S. His victory was both the first black-type and graded for sire Honor Code (A.P. Indy), whose Lane's End barn mate Tonalist was also represented by his first graded winner Saturday in the form of GIII Forward Gal S. romper Tonalist's Shape. Awkward early but flying home late when second on debut going a mile at Parx Nov. 12, Max Player broke through in the slop by 4 1/4 lengths back in Bensalem...

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Saturday’s Insights: Pricey KEESEP Grads On Display at Gulfstream; OBSJUN Topper Debuts in Cali

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 12:34 p.m. ET Ajhar (Tapit) brought $800,000 from Shadwell Stable at the 2018 Keeneland September sale--he was in fact one of three Tapit yearlings purchased by Shadwell for that amount at that auction and part of a $12,345,000 expenditure at that sale for Sheikh Hamdan's operation. The grey colt is out of 'TDN Rising Star', MGSW and GISP Jojo Warrior (Pioneerof the Nile), who herself is a half to Grade I-winning fellow 'Rising Star' A Z Warrior (Bernardini); GSW/GISP 'Rising...

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Honor Code Firster Runs to the Money at Gulfstream

4th-Gulfstream, $43,000, Msw, 1-25, 3yo, 7f, 1:24.13, ft. MARKET ANALYSIS (c, 3, Honor Code--Interest Free {MSP, $195,682}, by Exchange Rate), favored at 6-5 in this career bow, broke alertly from post 10 and moved up to stalk from third through a :22.44 first quarter. Creeping up closer to the pacsetter as the half went in :45.53, the gray took control at the top of the lane and held off a strong late rally from Attachment Rate (Hard Spun) to win by 3/4 of a length. The winner is the first...

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Wednesday’s Insights: Plenty of Juvenile Mischief at Saratoga

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 3rd-SAR, $78,000, (S), Msw, 2yo, f, 6f, post time: 2:12 p.m. ET Jeff Drown's RISKY MISCHIEF (Into Mischief), a $350,000 Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearling purchase last August, who had been expected to debut on the Saratoga card which got rained out last Thursday, makes her first trip to the post here for trainer Jeremiah Englehart. She is a daughter of multiple stakes winner Risky Rachel (Limehouse) and her second dam is graded stakes winner Dancin Renee (Distinctive Pro). Her half-brother Yale (Scat Daddy) sold for...

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Ironicus to Miss Breeders’ Cup Mile

Stuart S. Janney homebred Ironicus (Distorted Humor) is the third horse this week to be removed from Breeders’ Cup consideration due to injury. The gray fractured his cannon bone and will be forced to miss the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile, in which he was likely to be one of the top choices. "He has a small fracture of his cannon bone," trainer Shug McGaughey told the TDN via phone Thursday. "They will put a screw in it tomorrow and he will be fine. He was training until last Sunday and...

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Honor Code Looks Well Morning After Met

GI Metropolitan H. winner Honor Code (A.P. Indy) returned from Saturday’s victory in fine form, according to conditioner Shug McGaughey. "He seemed to come back really good," McGaughey said. "He's a very, very good horse. He got some pace and Javier let him settle, and when he asked him he really finished the last part of it. He had been training really well around here and I thought they would know he was in there, but I didn't know he would dominate the way he did."

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