Breeder: Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (Ky.)
Sire: A.P. Indy
Dam: Serena's Cat, by Storm Cat
After an eye-popping debut win, in which Honor Code rallied from 22 lengths back to prevail comfortably, the dark bay or brown colt closed determinedly to finish second in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes in his second career start for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey.
Honor Code followed with a game victory in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes in which he rallied after being passed in the stretch by Cairo Prince. The colt made one start as a 3-year-old before being shelved for much of the year. He returned in November 2014 with a win at Aqueduct.
As a 4-year-old Honor Code won the Gulfstream Park Handicap in convincing fashion before heading to Churchill Downs to run in the Alysheba Stakes on Kentucky Oaks day. He finished a disappointing fifth after his powerful closing kick proved ineffective with the slow pace set up front.
Honor Code redeemed himself at 7-1 odds in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont Stakes day when he rallied from last to win by 3 3/4 lengths with an explosive closing kick. He then gave trainer Shug McGaughey his first win in the Whitney Invitational since Personal Ensign and Easy Goer won back-to-back editions of the race in 1988 and 1989.
In the Whitney, Honor Code closed from nearly 20 lengths back and caught game pacesetter Liam's Map in the final strides.