Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said Code of Honor will more than likely bypass the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy presented by NYRA Bets in favor of training up to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 24.
Owned by William S. Farish, Code of Honor was a recent winner of the Grade 3 Dwyer, following his second-place result in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby.
“I haven't decided, still on the fence,” McGaughey said. “He's made great progress here in the last few days and I'm probably leaning more towards the Travers as opposed to running in both, just to give him more time in between races.”
The Dwyer was a second graded stakes victory for Code of Honor, who took the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on March 2 before finishing third in the Grade 1 Florida Derby to Maximum Security.
The chestnut colt is by Noble Mission and out of the graded stakes winning Dixie Union broodmare Reunited.
McGaughey has won the Travers three times with Easy Goer (1989), Rhythm (1990) and Coronado's Quest (1998).
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