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State of Honor Racing News
- Named derived from his sire To Honor and Serve.
- Known as “Tiny” and “The Giraffe” around the Casse barn.
- He is the tallest horse in the Derby this year. He stands at about 17 hands tall.
- Jose Lezcano, his jockey, finished 2nd in the 2010 Derby aboard Ice Box.
- State of Honor enters the Derby on a 5 race losing streak, but in his last 3 starts, the colt has hit the board behind the likes of fellow starters Tapwrit and Always Dreaming.
State of Honor is a 3-year-old home bred colt by To Honor and Serve for Conrad Farms. This Canadian bred began his career up North at Woodbine over the poly track. It took State of Honor five starts before he broke his maiden, and in that victory, he broke very alert and put himself into the race much earlier than his previous four starts. He had a 3-length lead at the top of the lane and went on to win by 4 ¾ lengths.
He was wheeled right back into action less than a month off his impressive maiden victory and entered in the Coronation Futurity which is restricted for Canadian bred only. Once again State of Honor broke on top and he maintained his lead until the eighth pole and at that time he was collared by KingandHisCourt, who went on to win the Coronation Futurity by 2 ¼ lengths.
State of Honor was shipped down south to Palm Meadows for the winter and was entered in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes for his 3-year-old debut. This was State of Honor’s first start over a main track that had a dirt surface, and he broke a step slow but was able to recover quickly. At the top of the stretch he maintained a head lead over Sonic Mule, and those two battled back and forth down the lane to the finish line. He lost the head bob right on the wire.
His connections then shipped him to Tampa Bay Downs for a start in the Sam F. Davis (G3), and he broke from the rail for the first time in his racing career. State of Honor broke on top and had the lead until the top of the stretch and was collard by the undefeated McCraken. But he dug in very gamely to hold the show position as Tapwrit rallied for second.
State of Honor recently rans in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs. He broke sharp once again and pulled his way to the lead while racing four wide in the first half mile of the race. At the top of the stretch he was no match for the winner (Tapwrit) as he passed State of Honor like he was tied to the rail. But State of Honor dug in and maintained the place positon to the wire by 4 ½ lengths over the show horse.
After the race State of Honor’s connections stated he’s just figuring out how to run over a real dirt surface. He currently has 22 Derby qualifying points following the Tampa Bay Derby and that just might get him in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby. However, the feeling is State of Honor is likely better at 8 furlongs or less and may be challenged by other leading Kentucky Derby contenders.
|19th||Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands||I||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||May 6, 2017|
|2nd||Xpressbet Florida Derby||I||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||Apr 1, 2017|
|2nd||Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby||II||1 1/16 Miles||Dirt||Mar 11, 2017|
|3rd||Sam F. Davis Stakes||III||1 1/16 Miles||Dirt||Feb 11, 2017|