This race is to get him to either the Florida Derby or Wood Memorial (highly likely the latter) with something to build on because with only two late preps, he's going to need to be close to his A race if he wants to earn graded Derby points next out.
Everyone knows what he's capable of and, while the Remsen pace was a not-so-funny joke, at least it showed a new dimension. Even fresh, there's no way he'll be on the lead today.
That honor--pardon the expression--will go to Social Inclusion (3-1), who ran to his extraordinary workouts to win his debut race by 7-1/2 lengths in 1:09 1/5. He certainly has enough pedigree to get him 1-1/16 miles and will add Lasix for his two turn debut with pole position. He will take catching and beating.
Class tells (see Palace Malice's GP Handicap) and we believe Honor Code will run him down. But he doesn't necessarily have to win to remain a major Derby player. He only needs to be going in the right direction at the finish.
For the record, taking Honor Code to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Social Inclusion.
Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1489
Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 456-283-228
Amount Wagered: $2,980 [to win only]
Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,121.80
Profit to Date: $141.80