January 2014 Issue - page 1

LANC., PA 17604
Vol. 21 No.1
Our 21st Year
January 2014
Two fined $2,149 for trying to sell foundering
horse … pg. 23
Horses living freely are healthier & other
lessons … pg. 12
Former hunter rider, 56, completes 20 100 mile
rides … pg. 6
A look back at 20 years of Pennsylvania
Equestrian ... pgs. 18-19
Horse pulling buggy shot, killed, arrests
possible … pg. 9
... and much more!
Honor Code, Trained at Fair Hill, is a Top Kentucky Derby Contender
by Terry Conway
Can Shug catch lightening in
a bottle yet again?
Last May Orb stormed down
the stretch to win the 139th run-
ning of the Kentucky Derby. This
year trainer Shug McGaughey
could be back with another top
Derby contender in Honor Code.
The handsome son of A. P. Indy
is expected to be the individual
horse betting favorite in the Las
Vegas 2014 Kentucky Derby
Future Wager pool in January.
After appearing beaten in
the stretch, Honor Code found
another gear and roared up the
rail to nail Cairo Prince at the
wire of the $400,000 Remsen
Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack on
November 30. The highly touted
bay colt, who spent time at the
Fair Hill Training Center last
summer, earned his first stakes
The Hall of Fame trainer
was impressed with how his
big, leggy colt handled his third
career start in the 100th renewal
of the Remsen.
”They went three-quarters
in 1:17 (2/5) but he was right
there,” McGaughey said. “He
made the lead, lost it and then
refocused. They went the last
part in :11 and change and he
beat a very nice horse who had
run twice since Honor Code’s
last race. Honor Code got down
on the inside of him and he got
by him. He showed a lot of guts
coming back. I’m proud of him.”
Sent off as the 4-5 favorite,
Honor Code raced close to the
early pace, a change in tactics
from his first two starts when he
rallied from far behind. Sensing
the pokey pace of :52.74 being
set by Master Lightning for the
half mile, jockey Javier Castel-
lano advanced Honor Code into
second down the backstretch on
the outside of the pacesetter. He
took the lead near the quarter
Hall of Fame trainer Sug McGaughey, who had his first Kentucky Derby win last year with Orb,
leads Honor Code, the current favorite in the Las Vegas 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager
pool. Honor Code has won two of three races, including the $400,000 Remson Stakes at Bel-
mont November 30.
Photo courtesy of NYRA
pole as the front-runner faded.
Master Lightning dropped back.
But it was Cairo Prince who
came flying in the upper stretch to
snatch the lead, reaching the mile
mark in 1:41 with a half-length
advantage. However, Honor Code
battled back along the inside and
got his nose in front at the wire.
He covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.92
and returned $3.60 as the 4-5
“I didn’t put him up there;
he put me there,” Castellano said
of Honor Code’s move to prompt
the pace. “The way he ran the
first part, he showed me more
speed and was more comfortable
and relaxed. I felt the pace was
slow. The opportunity was there;
I took it. I know he’s a come-
from-behind horse but the pace
was slow. I didn’t want to fight
“I think Cairo Prince tried to
make the strong, sweeping move
and tried to get the jump. My
horse is a big, long-striding horse
and he anticipated it a little bit.
He found a second gear and he
came back. He galloped out very
strong. The horse showed me he
would like more distance.”
Second Win From
Three Starts
The victory was the second
from three starts for Honor Code
who would have gone to the
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile as the
favorite had his connections not
opted to skip the trip to Southern
California so as not put additional
stress on the colt. McGaughey’s
plan is to give Honor Code two
starts before the Kentucky Derby,
possibly making his 3-year-old
debut in the Grade 2 Fountain of
Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park
on February 22, followed by the
Florida Derby on March 15.
Bred in Kentucky by Dell
Ridge Farm, Honor Code is
equine royalty-- from the final
crop of Hall of Famer A.P. Indy,
and out of a Storm Cat mare who
is a granddaughter of Hall of
Famer Serena’s Song.
A.P. Indy was scratched
on the morning of the 1992
Kentucky Derby because of a
quarter-crack, but subsequently
established himself as the Horse
of the Year with victories in the
Belmont Stakes and Breeders’
Cup Classic. The son of 1977
Triple Crown legend Seattle Slew
compiled a tremendous record at
stud, leaving an enduring legacy
on the breed. A.P. Indy has yet to
sire a Derby winner himself, but
his son Malibu Moon is respon-
sible for 2013 Derby hero Orb.
(Continued on page 8)
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