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105 Code Of Honor
Monmouth Park (August 21): Philip H Iselin Stakes G3 $252,000, 1m½f, dirt 3yo+
Trainer: Shug McGaughey
Jockey: Paco Lopez
Owner: WS Farish
Pedigree: 5 ch h Noble Mission – Reunited (Dixie Union)
More prestigious targets presumably await Code Of Honor after the five-year-old returned from a seven-month layoff with a smooth success in G3 company at Monmouth.
Winner of the Travers Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2019, Code Of Honor’s lustre had dimmed more recently to the extent that he recorded only one low-grade score from five starts last season.
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Having his first run since coming fifth in the Pegasus World Cup, he travelled sweetly on the inner before being switched four wide to take the lead on the far turn before asserting in the stretch for a 2½-length win. While sterner tests will come in due course, a Beyer speed figure of 105 suggests he is no back number.
Elsewhere, John Sadler-trained Tripoli earned a 104 BSF when punching his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the $1m Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
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