Honor Code looking to Remsen Stakes

Remsen Stakes

October 11, 2013

Foxwoods Champagne Stakes runner-up Honor Code will bypass the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park in favor of the $250,000 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said Oct. 10.

The 2-year-old from the last crop of A.P. Indy ran lights out in the one-mile Champagne Oct. 5 at Belmont Park, closing eight wide with a tremendous rally under Javier Castellano to just miss catching Havana by a neck. It was his second career start and came off an Aug. 31 victory by 4 ½ lengths going seven furlongs at Saratoga Race Course.

"The major part of that decision was that we just want to have a nice horse next year," McGaughey said of skipping the Breeders' Cup with the Dell Ridge Farm-bred colt, who runs for Dell Ridge and Lane's End Racing. "We just felt like taking a young one out there that's only run two times, especially one we have a lot of high hopes for, might not be in the best interests of the horse."

McGaughey said following the Champagne that he was inclined to stay home rather than send Honor Code cross country to compete in the Nov. 2 Juvenile, where he would have been rematched with Havana.

"With the Remsen here going a mile and an eighth around two turns at Aqueduct -- which, barring bad weather, at that time of year the track is usually really good -- we decided to stay home and train him a little bit and have him ready to run in that race instead," he explained.

The Remsen is Nov. 30.

Honor Code was bred in Kentucky out of the Storm Cat mare Serena's Cat.

"He was a little wired after the Champagne but he's settled in fine now," McGaughey said. "Obviously we'd like to be able to compete in the Breeders' Cup any time we feel llike we've got a good chance, but we felt like in this case, the right thing to do would be to stay here."


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Stakes Race Details

Track: Aqueduct Racetrack
Distance: 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
Track: Dirt, left-handed
Qualification: Two-year-olds
Weight: Handicap
Purse: $200,000
Race Type: Kentucky Derby Prep Race
Road to the Roses Points: 1st=10 points; 2nd=4 points; 3rd=2 points; 4th=1 point



Remsen Stakes Video

Published on Nov 24, 2012 Repole Stable's Overanalyze re-rallied to nip Normandy Invasion and capture the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 24 by a nose at Aqueduct Racetrack.



Past Winners of the Remsen Stakes

2012 Overanalyze 1:50.13
2011 O'Prado Again 1:52.07
2010 To Honor and Serve 1:50.03
2009 Buddy's Saint 1:52.95
2008 Old Fashioned 1:50.33
2007 Court Vision Eibar 1.52.48
2006 Nobiz Like Shobiz 1:48.82
2005 Bluegrass Cat 1:52.20
2004 Rockport Harbor 1:48.80
2003 Read the Footnotes 1:50.60
2002 Toccet 1:50.40
2001 Saarland 1:51.20
2000 Windsor Castle 1:51.80


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