Highest Honors Enters Travers Picture

W.S. Farish’s homebred Highest Honors added his name to the list of possible starters for the Travers (G1) on August 24 with a decisive, come-from-behind win in the $100,000 Curlin at Saratoga on Friday.

Running last in the field of eight, Highest Honors was in no hurry, and neither was even-money favorite Looking at Bikinis, who set sedate fractions of :24.23 and :49.36 early in the nine-furlong race over a muddy track.

Heading in the far turn, jockey Jose Ortiz gave the gray/roan colt his cue, getting an immediate response as Highest Honors turned on the jets to draw even with the leaders, running widest in the four-path.

Putting away everyone except Endorsed, coming off a win and making his second start off an eight-month layoff, the mud-covered Highest Honors ran neck-and-neck with his rival before pulling off to win by 1 1/2 lengths. The winner is trained by Chad Brown.

“Chad’s been saying since the Classics that this was his Travers horse,” said Farish’s son Bill in the winner’s circle.

Continue reading at Brisnet.com

Photo: NYRA/Susie Raisher


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