John Shirreffs Happy To Have Honor A.P. Back On Track

John Shireffs-trained colt Honor A.P. hadn’t run a race since October last year thanks to a bruised foot in January, which forced the three-year-old to miss a scheduled start in that month’s Sham Stakes as well as training time.

On Saturday, Honor A.P. made his first start since the injury and finished second in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park, which brought a smile to his trainer’s face. After the race, a smiling Shireffs said, “I can’t wait to go a mile and a quarter.”

“He hadn’t run in four months — actually a little over four months — and it was his first time against winners in a graded stakes,” Shirreffs said. “There was a 2-year-old champion (Storm the Court), an undefeated horse (Authentic) and multiple stakes winners in the race. So I thought he ran really well.”

Will Honor A.P. Make John Shireffs Proud?

John Shirreffs Honor A.P.

Shireffs added that he was happy with the colt’s performance, especially after such a long layoff.

“I’m very proud of him, and I thought he ran extremely well,” Smith said after weighing in on Saturday. “We were a bit behind coming in because he bruised his foot earlier…so we missed some time with him. But I thought if I could finish within a couple lengths of whoever won it today, then that would be a really good effort.

“If I was to win it, that would be incredible. He should move forward off this and have a better kick next time.”

Honor A.P.’s second-place finish earned him 20 qualification points for the Kentucky Derby. However, to qualify for the Derby, which is less than two months away, Honor A.P. will have to finish in the Santa Anita Derby exacta, which awards 100 points to the winner, 40 points to the runner up, and 20 points to the third place finisher.

March 14, 2020 by : Posted in news No Comments

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