The expectations for Lanes' End Farm stallion Honor Code are high and his first crop were met with favor in the sales ring last year. In Saturday's third race at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La., the 2015 Eclipse Award winner and Grade 1-winning multimillionaire's half-brother Seclusive will make his career debut for trainer Joe Sharp.
Owned by Breeze Easy and Baccari Racing Stables, the 3-year-old son of Tapit out of Serena's Cat, by Storm Cat, was acquired for $1.05 million as a weanling when going through the sales ring at the 2016 Keeneland November Mixed Sale, where he was consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency.
“He's a big, good looking horse,” Sharp said. “He's big and heavy and it's taken a while with him. We've been real patient as far as getting him there. Every work has gotten better as we've gotten closer. I think he might be a horse that needs a start or two to get it all together, but his last couple of works from the gate have been pretty encouraging and he's outworked his company.”
Sharp is no stranger to successfully debuting royally bred horses at Fair Grounds. In November 2015, he sent out Dolphus – a half-brother to 2009 Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Rachel Alexandra – to victory in his first start.
“We had Dolphus and he won here first time out,” Sharp said. “I'd say that on paper; (Seclusive) is probably the most expensive horse that we've had at this age.”
Seclusive will break from post four under jockey Adam Beschizza at 6-1 morning line odds.
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