Honor in War Completes Preparations for Cox Plate

(Edited press release)
Grade 1 winning millionaire Honor in War completed his final preparation by working six furlongs and galloping out a mile over the Arlington Park turf course Tuesday morning before departing Thursday evening from Chicago's O'Hare Airport for Melbourne to become the first-ever American horse to compete Australia's storied Spring Carnival and the nation's most prestigious race, the group I, US$2.3 Million Tattersall's Cox Plate on Oct. 28.

With the Arlington Park racing season recently concluded and all horses stabled at the track required to leave the grounds on Sept. 28, track chairman Richard Duchossois approved a unique plan for Will Wolford's 3rd Turn Stables, Emerald Thoroughbreds & Carondelet Farm's Honor in War to enter quarantine and have virtually exclusive use of the facility under the guidance of racing secretary Kevin Greeley and Chicago-based trainer Hector Magana.

Trained by Kentuckian Paul McGee through his entire career, the seven-year-old chestnut has won or placed in 11 stakes races including a victory in the grade I Woodford Reserve in 2003 as well as back to back runner-up efforts in the grade I Shadwell Mile. In 2006, Honor in War followed a win in the Fort Lauderdale Handicap with a rousing third, beaten one length in the grade III Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream Park.

Upon arrival Oct. 14 in Melbourne, Honor in War will enter quarantine at Werribee Racecourse in an arrangement similar to that at Arlington Park where leading Victorian trainer Danny O'Brien will be able to prepare this newest charge for the Cox Plate.

It was also announced Tuesday that Honor in War will be ridden by jockey Steven Arnold.

In North America, the Tattersall's Cox Plate will be run on Friday evening, Oct. 27.