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Kentucky Derby 2014 Contenders – Honor Code’s Odd Remsen

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.

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