Trainer Shug McGaughey is content with where Code Of Honor is going after watching his two-time Grade 1 winner work out at Saratoga over the weekend.
Code Of Honor finished third in the Runhappy Met Mil earlier this month at Belmont Park, a run his trainer suggests pleased him, and may have his next start in the $750,000 Whitney on August 1st.
The four-year-old chestnut son of Noble Mission went five furlongs in company with stablemate Creed on Saturday morning over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.
The duo did their work in a time of 1:01.93; leaving their trainer contented.
“They both worked excellent,” McGaughey said. “Code Of Honor worked really, really well, I was really pleased. I was just looking to do a little something with Creed.”
Code Of Honor finished strongly in the Met Mile, closing to within a length and a half of Vekoma at the post as he finished third. Look for them in more races.
Going up in distance for the Whitney (1m1f) will be ideal as last year’s Runhappy Travers (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) scorer is now looking for the extra distance around two turns in an ideal world.
“He didn’t get the best trip,” McGaughey said of the Met Mile. “Two turns is better for him, especially now that he’s older, but I thought ran really well. They went really fast, he had a wide trip. The winner had a dream trip over a speed-favouring track, so I thought it was all good.”
McGaughey has tasted success in the Whitney three times in the past, saddling Honor Code (2015), Easy Goer (1989) and Personal Ensign (1988) to victory in Grade 1 event.
Should Code Of Honor be successful he’ll become the first horse to complete a Travers/Whitney double since Medaglia d’Oro landed the brace in 2002/2003.
Meanwhile Creed is more than likely going to be aimed at the $150,000 Jim Dandy on September 5th according to the Hall of Fame trainer. A $650,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Creed opened his account in fine style at Belmont Park in June, coming home with more than seven lengths to spare on the field.
That was an improved showing on his debut at Tampa Bay in April and the son of Honor Code has since returned to Belmont to beat a decent field including the likes of Mister Winston, Edge Of Fire and Villainous on the dirt at Belmont Park.
His supporters will have been delighted to see Creed going stride for stride alongside dual Grade 1 winner Code Of Honor in his latest track work as he prepares for the step up into graded company via the Jim Dandy.