Greatest Honour Profile

Name Greatest Honour
Born Apr 11, 2018
Age 3 years

Claude R. McGaughey III's charge was on course for Kentucky Derby success after two early wins in 2021, but injury has ruled him out of the big race at Churchill Downs.

Courtlandt Farms' Greatest Honour is one of the top prospects for the 2021 Kentucky Derby.

The three-year-old Tapit colt is trained by Claude R. McGaughey III and has a career record of 3-1-3 from seven races with total purse earnings of $422,440.

The colt has a 2-0-1 record in his three-year-old campaign, making him one of the leading runners on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby.

2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky-bred Greatest Honour has been consistently at the top of the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, having qualified for the race by amassing 80 points. However, he has since been scratched from the race due to bone bruising in both of his front ankles.

The runner's first set of Derby qualifying points came when he won the January 30 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park. In that race, he was joined by rider Jose Ortiz as he registered a 103 Speed Figure.

Off step at the start of the race, Greatest Honour eventually settled off the pace two wide as the field went into the first turn. He moved up slowly between horses down the backstretch and put up a four-wide rally through the far turn. He moved past three rivals as they turned for home, steadily drawing off through the lane until the colt crossed the wire to win.

Second spot in the Holy Bull was taken by Tarantino, with Prime Factor in third. Greatest Honour had entered the race as the second-favourite.

The colt secured his place in the Kentucky Derby with his February 27 victory in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park. By winning that race, he received 50 points to move to the top of the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.

In the Fountain of Youth, Greatest Honour broke and raced well off the pace three-wide. The runner stayed at the back, tracking his rivals around the far turn before going five wide at the five-sixteenths pole. When turning for home, he was urged by rider Jose Ortiz to move to the outside and got up late to win the event.

Greatest Honour was followed home by Drain the Clock in second and Papetu in third.

Greatest Honour finished third in the March 27 Florida Derby, picking up 20 more points in the process. He finished behind Known Agenda and Soup and Sandwich.

Early struggles for Greatest Honour before maiden win

Greatest Honour kicked off his racing career back on September 5, 2020, with a third-place finish in a maiden special weight race at Saratoga. He was joined by regular rider Jose Ortiz for the very first time in the seven-furlong event.

In that debut performance, he chased three-wide from the three-eighths before going four to five wide into the upper stretch. He was never able to overcome the leaders though and finished third behind winner Olympiad and Caddo River, the latter being another top name on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.

Greatest Honour then went to race for the first time at Belmont Park on October 11. He took third in another maiden special weight race behind Speaker's Corner in first and Caddo River once again in second.

Next time out, he still couldn't secure his first victory as he finished second in a November 8 maiden special weight race at Aqueduct Racetrack with Trevor McCarthy in the saddle. In that outing, he was beaten by Known Agenda.

Greatest Honour finally scored his first win on December 26 when he finished first ahead of names like Dynamic One and Another Duke in a maiden special weight race at Gulfstream Park. In that race, he registered a career-high 106 Speed Figure.

Greatest Honour's connections

Greatest Honour is trained by Claude R. McGaughey III, a multiple graded stakes-winning trainer. He has a career record of more than 2,000 wins from over 10,000 runners. His career purse earnings sit above $154million.

Claude 'Shug' McGaughey, US racehorse trainer

The trainer's horses have run in more than 50 races in the 2021 season. Some of his top runners include Easy Goer, Code of Honor, Orb, Honor Code, Lure, Point of Entry, Seeking the Gold and Coronado's Quest.

Greatest Honour is owned by Courtlandt Farms, who have landed more than 250 wins. The ownership has brought in more than $12million in total earnings.

Some of their other top horses include Film Maker, Strike Charmer, Strike Power, Indescribable and Sonneman.

Jose Ortiz is Greatest Honour's regular rider. The jockey guided the colt in his significant Derby qualifying victories in the Holy Bull Stakes and the Fountain of Youth Stakes. He has more than 2,000 career wins from over 12,000 starts.

Greatest Honour's pedigree

The three-year-old colt is a son of Tapit and Tiffany's Honour by the Irish-bred Street Cry.

The legendary Tapit is a son of Pulpit. Tapit was trained by Michael Dickinson and owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds. He retired with a career record of 3-0-0 from six starts and earnings of $557,300.

The colt's last race of his career was a ninth-place run in the 2004 Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at Philadelphia Park. His last victory was in that year's Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) at Aqueduct, while his other big win was the 2003 Laurel Futurity (G3) at Laurel Park.

Tapit has been responsible for many notable names in the sport, including Tacitus, Essential Quality, Proxy and Pauline's Pearl.

The Kentucky-bred Tiffany's Honour is a mare from Street Cry that was trained by Eric Guillot and owned by Southern Equine Stable. She retired without ever winning a race from three career starts.

The Irish-bred Street Cry was one of the sport's top runners during his time. Owned by Godolphin and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, he retired with a record of 5-6-1 from 12 career starts and purse earnings of more than $5million.

The Godolpin-owned Street Cry forms part of Greatest Honour's bloodline

One of his most notable performances was a third-place finish in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and his last career race was a second-place finish in the 2002 Whitney Handicap (G1) at Saratoga. He also won the 2002 Dubai World Cup.

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