88th Whitney Stakes: A True Clash of the Titans

88th Whitney Stakes: A True Clash of the Titans

Category : News - Fri 07/08/2015 - 14:34 EDT

Honor Code is the 3/1 morning line favorite in the $1.25 million race to be contested over 1 1/8-miles. The Shug McGaughey trainee fulfilled as immense talent June 6, winning the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap by 3 3/4 lengths after trailing by as many as 14 lengths. With five wins in eight career starts, it was Honor Code’s first grade 1 triumph. The lone knock against Honor Code may actually be twofold: the four year-old son of A.P. Indy has shown a tendency to break very slow from the gate and has looked far better racing around one turn.

Tonalist less potent away from Belmont

Second choice Tonalist (4/1) has proven two-turn ability as the winner of the 2014 Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, but has looked less impressive away from the Belmont oval. In two starts last year at Saratoga, the Christophe Clement runner finished a distant second and third respectively in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and Grade 1 Travers. In his last two starts, Tonalist settled for second money again in the Metropolitan Handicap and Suburban Handicap.

Pair of live runners at generous odds 

Noble Bird (5/1) and Liam’s Map (6/1) may be entering the Whitney as dangerous as any horse in the field with both runners appearing to be in career-best form. Noble Bird recorded a Beyer Figure of 108 while winning the Grade 1 Stephen Foster last out and Liam’s Map recorded figures of 112 and 106 in his last two starts. Both runners have trained forwardly at the Spa. 

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