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Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey III

Trainer

Claude "Shug" McGaughey trained 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb. He grew up in Lexington Kentucky and attended the races at Keeneland with his parents. He began training in 1979 after serving as an assistant to David and Frank Whitely. Shug was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, has won the Eclipse Award for Top Trainer and trained multiple Eclipse Champions including the undefeated Personal Ensign. Other top horses include Lure, Easy Goer, My Flag, Coronado's Quest, Vanlandingham, My Flag, Point of Entry and Seeking the Gold.

Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm, LLC

Owner

Lane's End Racing comes from a long history of breeding stakes winners, including the 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft, 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic and 1992 Horse of the Year AP Indy.  Lane's end racing bought into Honor Code as a yearling with his breeder, Dell Ride Farm.

Pedigree

Honor Code is equine royalty: from the final crop of Hall of Famer A.P. Indy, he is out of a Storm Cat mare who is a granddaughter of Hall of Famer Serena's Song.

A.P. Indy was scratched on the morning of the 1992 Kentucky Derby because of a quarter-crack, but subsequently established himself as the Horse of the Year with victories in the Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic.

The son of 1977 Triple Crown legend Seattle Slew compiled a tremendous record at stud, leaving an enduring legacy on the breed. A.P. Indy has yet to sire a Derby winner himself, but his son Malibu Moon is responsible for 2013 Derby hero Orb.

A.P. Indy's other noteworthy offspring include Pulpit (sire of Tapit), Mineshaft, Bernardini and Rags to Riches, and he factors as the broodmare sire of 2010 Derby winner Super Saver and two-time champion Royal Delta.

Honor Code is the second foal from Serena's Cat, who found her niche as a turf sprinter. She scored her stakes win in the 2007 Klassy Briefcase at Monmouth and also finished a close second in the Hush Dear at Saratoga.

Her first foal is the smart turf runner Noble Tune, the winner of the Pilgrim and the American Turf and runner-up in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Serena's Cat is by the great patriarch Storm Cat, whose progeny include Giant's Causeway, Tabasco Cat, Cat Thief, Forestry, Tale of the Cat, Hennessy, Sharp Cat and Storm Flag Flying, to name only a few.

Storm Cat has been just as influential as a broodmare sire. The cross of A.P. Indy himself over Storm Cat mares has produced such performers as Love and Pride and Jump Start, and when extended to sons of A.P. Indy, the list swells to include the likes of Sky Mesa, Dialed In and Parading. 

Serena's Cat is a half-sister to multiple Group 3 winner Vocalised. They are both out of Serena's Tune, a multiple stakes-winning daughter of Mr. Prospector and Serena's Song.

Serena's Song, who amassed more than $3.2 million in earnings over her glittering career, tired to 16th after setting a scorching pace in the 1995 Kentucky Derby. But she defeated males on two other occasions that year, in the Jim Beam and the Haskell Invitational. In total, Serena's Song won an amazing 17 stakes, and placed in 14 others.

As a broodmare, Serena's Song produced Sophisticat, a Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot; Grade 2-winning sires Grand Reward and Harlington; and Grade 3 scorer Schramsberg.

Because A.P. Indy and Storm Cat are both out of mares by Secretariat, Honor Code is inbred 3x4 to that 1973 Triple Crown legend.

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