Best Beyer: Code Of Honor

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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)
Time: 1m42.38s

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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Country Grammer 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, April 17: Californian G2
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Knicks Go 5h (Brad Cox) Gulfstream Park, Jan 23: Pegasus G1
Mystic Guide 4c (Mike Stidham) Oaklawn Park, Feb 27: Razorback G3
Royal Ship 5g (Richard Mandella) Santa Anita, April 17: Californian G2

Life Is Good 3c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, March 6: San Felipe G2

Beau Liam 3c (Steve Asmussen) Saratoga, July 17: allowance
Cezanne 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, April 18: Kona Gold G3
Country Grammer 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, (May 31: Hollywood GC G1 
Domestic Spending 4g (Chad Brown) Belmont Park, June 5: Manhattan G1
Raging Bull 6h (Chad Brown) Keeneland, April 9: Maker’s Mark Mile G1
Witsel 3c (Chad Brown) Saratoga, July 17: allowance

Top 2yo Beyer: 93 Big City Lights (Santa Anita, May 2)

Until end August 22. Turf Beyers in italics.

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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