My top ranked Kentucky Derby 2014 contender (since Nov. 12) Honor Code won a strange renewal of the Grade II Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 30.
Honor Code, typically a sustained runner, was all over pedestrian fractions in the Remsen, with his main foe Cairo Prince
stalking 3-wide while conceding six pounds. The latter began to inch
away in the lane but was confronted again by Honor Code. The final
margin was a nose, and the 88 BSF was pure conjecture.
What do we make of the Remsen? The best two horses ran 1-2 but we
learned little due to the complete lack of pace. A quality speed horse
like Havana probably would have romped in the Remsen.
Honor Code gets points for altering his running style and coming
again, and Cairo Prince gave the winner weight and raced wide. They came
home fast but that was to be expected given the soft early splits. Both
well-bred colts have talent but we will have to wait for them to
resurface to learn more.