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It all "Points" To The Roses

Honor Code Champagne 615 X 400
Photo: NYRA / Adam Coglianese


I know, I know, it’s too early for Kentucky Derby talk. BUT…The horse that I’m keeping an eye on in that early hunt for the Kentucky Derby is Honor Code. This horse, not only is a co-leader in the Kentucky Derby 2014 Points Series, he has a better bloodline than Prince Charles-plus his ears are smaller. His dad is AP Indy, grand dad is Seattle Slew and one of his great grand dads is Secretariat. And that’s just his father’s side. Mom is equally as impressive.


He has strong runs at the three NYRA tracks, the last being an impressive stretch run with Cairo Prince. That duel ended in a winning photo for Honor Code in the Remsen at Aqueduct, in November. Trained by Shug McGaughey, Honor Code finished second in the Champagne Stakes to Havana, the other co-leader in the road to the Derby.


The points race begin again in earnest on January 4th with the Jerome Handicap, again at Aqueduct. The points awarded for wins through fourth place will be paid out in 10-4-2-1 increments for nine more races. Then the points increase by 50% and 8 more races after that the points are doubled to a total payout of 100-40-20-10. Can you believe that I said that all in one breath?


Big names are close to the two present leaders in a list of top, soon to be three year olds. Tapiture, Bond Holder, and We Miss Artie all are within an a few points of the top of the board. Some pretty good horses are lagging in the early going and will be looking for big finishes next time out. Strong Mandate, Cairo Prince, and Wicked Strong could all make big gains in points races after the New Year itself.


I know it’s early to get into the Kentucky Derby right now, with May so far off and all, but that’s why I’m the following the points leader board. I’m points racing right now, and in the cold of winter, it’s the right thing to do because it warms me with the promise of weekly stakes races that I can follow. And it will take me all the way into May with a working knowledge of every horse that makes it into the field. I am making a statement that by following the points racing this year I will win some money on the Derby or at least that’s the lie I’m telling myself. Happy New Year, sports fans.



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Older Comments about It all "Points" To The Roses...

Shared Belief my be a contender, but he will get scared running with Honor Code. Honor Code is a dirt horse through and through...Shared Belief? I don't think so much...Contender? Yes. Kentucky Derby Star? I'm holding my breath
Dont forget Shared Belief! He is going to be a true contender

Meet Johnnie Carrier


With 10 years of writing a humor column for his home town paper under his belt, Johnnie Carrier has decided to try something different. He is a graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College Class of 1977 and traveled the West with Circus Vargas in 1979.

 In the 80’s, Carrier lived in New York City and Boston, but he settled down however in the smallest city in Massachusetts late in the decade and married Dawn Luskin in ’88. David was born in 1991 and has been blessed with his father’s sense of humor, but luckily his mother’s good looks.

 Racing has been more than a casual interest having lived so close to Saratoga. He started going to the track at a very young age with his parents and has tried to instill that passion into his son by taking him at the same age. In 2003, Carrier started to write as a freelance writer with the North Adams Transcript and can be followed there at the paper’s website.  


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