Honor Code, Tonalist Prepare For ‘Super Saturday’ Engagements

by | 09.05.2015 | 3:06pm
Honor Code, seen winning the Whitney

Multiple graded stakes winners Tonalist and Honor Code remain on track for their respective assignments on “Super Saturday,” Oct. 3, at Belmont Park.

Honor Code had his second timed workout since edging Liam's Map in the Grade 1 Whitney on Saturday morning. The 4-year-old A.P. Indy ridgling covered four furlongs on the Saratoga main track in an easy 52.52 seconds.

“He breezed this morning, went a little slower but he went good,” said his Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. “[He was] traveling good, finished up good, came back good.”

A three-time winner from four starts this year, Honor Code has already taken two “Win and You're In” qualifiers for the Breeders' Cup World Championships this fall, the August 8 Whitney and the Grade 1 NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day.

Honor Code is being pointed to the Grade 1, $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on October 31, although McGaughey is still undecided about his charge's next race. Under consideration are the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap at one mile or the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational at 1 ¼ miles, both on Super Saturday.

“I'll make up my mind as we go on,” he offered.

Last year's winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Tonalist is slated to van from the Spa to Belmont Sunday morning in preparation of his title defense, according to trainer Christophe Clement.

The son of Tapit has finished behind Honor Code twice this year, finishing second by 3 ¾ lengths to the winner in the Met Mile and third in the Whitney in his last start. Tonalist emerged well from his own five-furlong breeze on Thursday morning, said Clement. Tonalist covered the distance in 1:01.90 over the Oklahoma training track.

“Tonalist is doing well,” Clement reported. “He came out of his work in good order. He's still on for the Jockey Club Gold Cup and everything is good.”

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