One of my strongest opinions heading in to the Breeders’ Cup was that Code of Honor was a play-against in the Juvenile. My basis for this stance was my opinion that his visually-impressive 2nd in the Champagne was dressed up by the fast pace he closed into. But he scratched out of the BC, so I never got a chance ti bet against him. Then he was going to run in the Remsen, and I was prepared to play against him there too. But Shug pulled him from that, allegedly because he felt Code of Honor hadn’t worked well enough to go that far that soon.
So now here he is again. This time in the one-turn mile Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Park. You know he’ll be favored. And at the very least, I think you can assume he’ll get a reasonable pace to chase should they choose that tactic. Keep in mind, he won his career debut on the front end. So your guess is as good as mine when it comes to where he’ll be early.
Looking for an alternative to Code of Honor? I won’t talk you off any of his five foes. And ‘m fairly certain I’ll end up on one of them myself. The lone contender making his stakes debut is Mihos for James Jerkens and Jose Ortiz. The others are each something of a known quantity. Let the tote board be your guide here. If we can somehow get 6-1 instead of the 7-2 morning line on Mihos, he might be interesting.