11/22/2014 3:56PM

Honor Code scores victory in return to racing

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Barbara Livingston
Honor Code scored a victory Saturday at Aqueduct in his return to racing after a March injury.

Honor Code, who was knocked off the Triple Crown trail by a suspensory injury after one start this year in March, won his return impressively Saturday at Aqueduct and served notice he will be a force to be reckoned with in the older stakes division.

Returning to the scene of his come-again victory in the Remsen 51 weeks earlier, Honor Code broke cleanly and raced well behind the leaders through the early going, as Royal Currier set fractions of 22.29 seconds and 45.22 along the rail.

Honor Code still was far back turning for home but settled suddenly and split horses inside the furlong grounds and set sail after Maleeh, who had slipped through on the rail to open a clear lead while seemingly en route to victory.

But Honor Code ran down Maleeh in the final yards and did not appear fully extended to do so under Javier Castellano. He won by a length after 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.33 on a main track that was very dull Friday and somewhat faster Saturday.

Honor Code, a 3-year-old ridgling by A.P. Indy, improved to 3-2-0 from five starts for trainer Shug McGaughey.

Maleeh, the Fred “Cappy” Capossela winner in 2013, also was making his first start since March and finished clearly second best over Monster Mash in the $69,000 optional claimer that carried second-level allowance conditions.

Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
HE'S BACK! Really excited to see him running again
Jason Kassa More than 1 year ago
Looked great, got a dream trip, and he was all class. Perfect comeback for Honor Code and Shug. Looked like he got a race under his belt, and should have moved forward a little. Will be closer to the pace in the Donn on 2/7. His class and quality will put him right in the mix at 2 turns without having to rely on pace as much. Simply a high quality animal, and everyone wants to over-think his ideal distance. He should be able to get a Grade I as a 4yo, and will stand at stud for a good fee.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It great to see Honor Code racing again after his injury. He looks like a big, strapping son of A.P. and quite talented. I hope he remains sound now and can realize his potential. The breeding is sure there. Best wishes to him and his connections!
Scott Weinstein More than 1 year ago
Reminded me of Ghostzapper's Vosburgh
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Nah. Ghostzapper just decimated horses.
Earl Soames More than 1 year ago
Might be best as a one turn stone cold closer but is he fast enough to deal with the final times he will see in the Carter, Met Mile, Belmont Sprint Championship, Cigar Mile etc.? Wish him and Shug the best.
prose perfect More than 1 year ago
Earl, I watched the race. Castellano never touched him with the whip, had it put away the whole time. He could have gone faster. The horse's problem isn't his speed, it's his fragility. Will he stay sound to race in all those stakes you mentioned?
Philip C More than 1 year ago
He's more than a one turn horse. He defeated Wick Strong and Cairo Prince in the Remsen last year going two turns at 1 1/8.
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
Son of A.P Indy