‘Hopefully He Moves Forward’; Champagne Runner-Up Code Of Honor Will Contest Juvenile

W.S. Farish’s homebred Code of Honor remains on track for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with his first work since finishing second to Complexity in the Grade 1 Champagne tentatively scheduled for Thursday or Friday, said Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey on Sunday morning.

Code of Honor broke his maiden in gate-to-wire fashion on August 18. McGaughey said he expected a similarly forward trip in the one-mile Champagne on October 6, but Code of Honor stumbled badly at the break under Eric Cancel, spotting the pacesetting Complexity more than 10 lengths in the early stages. The 2-year-old Noble Mission colt regrouped in the far turn and came running with a five-wide move into the stretch albeit too late to catch Complexity, who won by a comfortable three lengths.

“The owner and I talked Friday and decided what have we got to lose?” McGaughey said of making the trip to the Breeders’ Cup. “I would think that if he breaks good, he’ll have a pretty good chance. [The break in the Champagne] cost us what I was wanting to do. We had the outside [post] and I thought there would be more horses forwardly placed. But, if we had broke better, I think we could’ve been laying on the winner’s tail. What would’ve happened from there, I don’t know, but we wouldn’t have given up as much ground as we did.

“In hindsight, maybe it was good for him,” he added. “It should be a good learning experience and hopefully he moves forward.”

McGaughey said the plan is to work twice at Belmont before flying to Kentucky on Sunday, October 28 ahead of the Juvenile on Friday, November 2.

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