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Honor Code Off Triple Crown Trail

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey reported this afternoon that Grade 2 Remsen winner Honor Code will miss the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack after a slight tear of his right hind upper suspensory was detected Sunday morning.

Second in his 3-year-old debut on March 12 at Gulfstream Park, Honor Code had breezed a half-mile in 49.12 on Saturday in preparation for the 1 1/8-mile Wood.


"It will heal," said McGaughey. "We discovered it this morning. We'll give it 60 days and then re-evaluate it."


A son of A.P. Indy owned by Lane's End Racing and breeder Dell Ridge Farm, Honor Code came from last to first to break his maiden on August 31 at Saratoga Race Course, then finished second to Havana in the Grade 1 Foxwoods Champagne. He next defeated Cairo Prince by a nose in the Grade 2 Remsen on November 30 at Aqueduct, and in his sophomore debut four months later was second again, 10 lengths behind Social Inclusion, who set a track record of 1:40.97 in a 1 1/16-mile allowance on March 12 at Gulfstream Park.




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Maybe he and Top Billing are paying the prize for Orb's victory. So much more interest. Last year kind of nobody but insiders would have known about Honor Code. Adds a lot of pressure, that public interest.
  • ruffianlover · I think a lot of people still would have known about him. I jumped off the couch when I just happened to be flipping through channels and caught his maiden win · 608 days ago
Ugh the more I think about this the more upset I get all over again. Still can't believe this happened :( It's so depressing
Audy public pressure is irrelevant. They never pay attention to the public unless beneficial to them. The pressres to run comes from ownership.Especially if they have never or rarely had an entrant in the Derby. They are of the mind set that this may be their only shot to run in it. Do not underestimate the power of unning in the Derby. In 1998 a friend of mine ran a horse in the Derby. He used that opportunity to promote his private buisiness. He flew down prospective big clients and gave them a first class time. The horse did nothing in the race,but at the end of that calender year. I believe he was awarded the Salesman of the Year Award for his buisiness.
very glad Honor Code's injury is being dealt with, sad he won't be in the Wood but he can come back with a long great career if healthy
And the band played on...
this colt appeared to be the real deal in every way. sad over this news.
Liked him from the beginning,also great respect for his trainer.
Very unfortunate. They rushed him back to get ready for the Derby. Along the yrars,this race has hurt a lot more Horses than it helped.
So sorry to hear the sad news, I'm sure he would have been a major factor in the Derby
Bummer. Guess he was trying to tell them something in his last race with all those antics.
My heart just sank to the floor reading this. This is so depressing. Glad it's not a life threatening injury but still heartbreaking

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