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There is nothing like doing a Stable Tour with Shug McGaughey. The Hall of Famer mentions a horse’s name and might follow that with another name and another name and another name, spilling out blue-blood runners who dance off any pedigree page. (Originally published in Aug. 24 issue of The Saratoga Special)

McGaughey has won two races at the meet and could make his meet with Code Of Honor in today’s feature, the Travers. McGaughey and his son, Reeve, walked the shedrow with The Special’s Sean Clancy on a rainy Wednesday morning.

Bail Out: Phipps Stable homebred has hit the board six times in 10 starts but finished fifth here earlier in the meet. “Disappointed the other day. New gelding.”

High North: Shortleaf Stable’s 4-year-old won the Iowa Derby for Brad Cox last year, moved to McGaughey in April and posted his first breeze, a half-mile in :49.03 here last Saturday. “He’s new here but he’s training really well, hope to run him as soon as we get to Belmont. Nice kind of horse. Likes it really firm.”

Alandra: Bred by Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds, the daughter of Blame and graded stakes winner Altesse has posted five local breezes. “Hope to run her at the end of the meet. I kind of like her a little bit. Pretty girl.”

Bridal Path: Daughter of Hard Spun and Path finished eighth under Joel Rosario in her debut here this meet. “By Hard Spun out of Path, who was out of Carriage Trail. Ran here on the turf and got into all kinds of trouble, he never could let her run a jump. Hopefully I’ll run her back on Sunday. I kind of like her, too. She’s going to be a good-looking filly.”

Power Move: Another Phipps homebred, the 2-year-old filly has three local breezes, including one from the gate. “More Than Ready, Trophy Wife. She’s a little ways away from running but not that far away. I like her, too. I had to stop on her, she popped a splint.”

In Front: Owned and bred by Dattt Stable, the daughter of War Front has breeze twice at Saratoga, once on the dirt and once on the turf. “I like this filly. I had her ready to run, but I had some trouble with coughing and running noses and stuff. She’ll run as soon as we get back to Belmont.”

U S Delta Force: Another well-bred 2-year-old who has yet to start, the gray colt walks to the front of the stall and elicits a simple “wow” from an observer. “Nice War Front colt that belongs to Joe Allen, out of a mare named Photograph, has a lot of pedigree, nice horse. I had him ready but he blew a frog on me. Beautiful way of going, great way about him.”

Mrs. Danvers: Allen’s homebred daughter of Tapit won her second career start earlier in the meet. “This is the filly that won here the other day. Reeve has always liked her, I never was around her much until we came up here but I like her too. I thought she ran really good the other day, still a little green. I think she’ll like Belmont, too. I don’t know where I’ll run her. If there was an allowance race going a mile I would love it, but there probably won’t be one.”

Pink Sands: Purchased for $625,000 at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale in 2016, the daughter of Tapit owns four wins for Gainesway Stable and Andrew Rosen “Won a stake at Monmouth this summer, came back and was fourth in the Shuvee. OK effort, not a bad race. She’ll go to Louisville for the Locust Grove, a mile and a sixteenth on the dirt.”

Fly So High: Phipps Stable’s filly is 3-for-4, including a win in the Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park in March, 2018. She hasn’t run since. “She’s never been operated on or anything but she’s been stop and go for a long time. She’s fine now, I’m going to try to two-minute lick her Saturday. Nice filly.”

Malibu Edge: Ontario-bred colt, bred and owned by Chiefswood Stable, recently moved from Fair Hill to Saratoga. “Malibu Moon colt. Nice kind of colt. I was going to work him out of the gate (Wednesday) morning but that got hampered. Nice kind of horse.”

Enola Gay: Joe Allen’s 2-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo breezed from the gate Friday. “She’s about ready to run. I’m not sure she’s an in-town horse, she would be competitive here but maybe Monmouth or Laurel.”

Amends: Phipps Stable homebred son of Uncle Mo is out of Guilty Verdict, a daughter of two-time Grade 1 stakes winner Smuggler. “Big old long typical Uncle Mo. Ran one time, didn’t run bad, I wanted to run him back in the mile and eighth race but he got an abscess in a back foot but he’s back training now.”

Lexatoga: Son of McGaughey’s star, Honor Code. “He belongs to Calumet. He’s a New York-bred and he’s OK as a New York-bred. I had him ready to run a couple of times, he had hock blow up on him, I don’t know why, but he’s doing good now.”

Performer: Phipps Stable homebred son of Speightstown is 5/2 in today’s fourth. “Nice big horse. He was third last fall, gave him the winter off, came back at Belmont and did it the right way.”

U S Army Corps: Another Joe Allen homebred son of War Front. “Ran once here. Finished fourth. Just beat a neck for second, Weaver’s horse won it, that nice Constitution horse. I think we’ll wait for Belmont.”

Harlem Heights: The half-sister to Point Of Entry breezed a half-mile Friday, her sixth breeze at Saratoga. “Typical Bernardini, but I like her. This time next year, she’ll be a different kind of horse. She’s about ready to run. She had a runny nose, I had to back off her. She could be ready to run here at the end of the meet but I might run that Alandra, just to give her a little more time. Time is her friend. She doesn’t do anything wrong. She’s nice. She will probably run all day.”

Mango M: A two-time Fasig-Tipton graduate, the New York-bred owned by Bill Parcells’ August Dawn Farm has produced three wins from 14 starts. “Decent horse, only problem is now he has to run in open company. Finished fourth up here, got into all kinds of trouble.”

War Cabinet: Allen’s daughter of War Front picked up her first line of black type with a third in the Flaming Page at Woodbine Sunday. “She’s getting ready to go to Fair Hill tomorrow morning for a little freshening up. There’s a race at Aqueduct going a mile and a half at the end of October. She’s nice but just an inch below being nice enough.”

Fashion Moment: The lengthy daughter of Uncle Mo and Theysken’s Theory arrived from Fair Hill this week. “Theysken’s Theory won a stake in Europe and just beat in the Sand Springs. She’s typical Uncle Mo, plain bay horse, but this is the first time the mare has gotten it right.”

Dreams Of Tomorrow: Cue the band, another homebred from the Phipps stable. “Speightstown out of Sabbatical. Imagining’s family. He was ready to run at the end of June but just got some 2-year-old growing things, had to back off him. He was going to work out of the gate this morning.”

Star Command: Phipps Stable’s 2-year-old filly finished sixth in her debut here Aug. 9. “By Orb out of Puzzling. She didn’t get anything, but her race really wasn’t that bad. I’ll get her back down there and run her a mile. She’ll be fine. She’s not a superstar, but she’s OK.”

My Happy Place: Owned by Gainesway Stable and Andrew Rosen, the 3-year-old filly is out of CCA Oaks runner-up My Happy Face. “Tapit filly that’s been second, third and fourth, sprinting. Probably wants to run long on the turf eventually.”

Passing Out: The ride, the trip, the finish of the meet. “Won here in that race that Jose Ortiz rode as good as a guy could ever ride. She’s going to be OK. This filly won her first start, I gave her a lot of time and I ran her back and she didn’t run any good. She acted up in the paddock and was a little bit keen so we changed some things around on her and ran her back down there, she was third, a solid third and then she won here. What happened to her, she won too soon. She didn’t learn anything.”

Windfall Profit: Owned and bred by Stuart Janney, the Malibu Moon filly finished seventh in her debut here. “Good family, she’s out of Hit It Rich, she was a graded stakes winner, wanted to run long. I ran her here, she didn’t run that bad but she ran a little bit disappointing. She’s come out of her race a lot more focused and she’s training well. She won’t run back here but will run as soon as we get to Belmont. I kind of her like but I was disappointed in her first start. She was in the right spot, but just didn’t finish.”

Plainsman: Shortleaf’s son of Flatter won the Discovery last year for Brad Cox and made his debut for McGaughey earlier at the meet. “This is a nice horse. Finished second here. Ever since we’ve had him, he’s done everything right. He’s a nice, kind horse, probably wants to run two turns. Maybe Arkansas this winter. Maybe the Kelso next. I don’t want to throw him to the wolves.”

Code Of Honor: A year ago, McGaughey introduced Will Farish’s homebred as the chestnut colt stood on three legs and scratched his ear with his hind hoof. “Pretty athletic, huh? He’s in tomorrow, he acts like he’s fast,” McGaughey said that day. Yeah, he’s fast. The son of Noble Mission, winner of the Dwyer in his most recent start, is second choice in today’s Travers. “His next outing is Saturday and I’m looking forward to it. Everything has gone really good since the Dwyer. When you get him on the right track, he does everything you want him to do.”

Stanhope: Shortleaf purchased the son of Street Sense for $150,000 at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred Sale. “Second in his only start. He’ll run back here next week going three quarters. I would have loved to run him five and a half on Friday because he’s fast, Really fast.”

Sentry: Owned by Stuart Janney III, the son of Smart Strike has won three races from 16 starts. “Just an old horse, finished second in a starter race the other day.”

Charreada: Emory Hamilton’s homebred daughter of Kitten’s Joy lives in an outside stall, she breaks from the rail in today’s third. “She’s probably the best maiden in the country. She’s entered Saturday. She finished second the last time I run her, just got beat. I’ll tell you something, I don’t really know what she wants, I’m always shocked every time she gets beat, the way she trains. Her mother was kind of a sprinter on the dirt. We ran her on the dirt, but (Julien) Leparoux came back and said she feels like a turf horse. She’s big. If she doesn’t win this Saturday, she might go seven eighths on the dirt. Looking at her, Kitten’s Joy, you would think mile and a quarter on the grass, but she doesn’t act like she wants that, she acts more like, back, pace, finish. She also could be the kind who breaks her maiden and wins about four or five in a row.”

Keepme In Thegame: Andrew Rosen and Edward Easton’s filly shares the outside spot with Charreada. She’s set to make her third career start in today’s nightcap. “She can be a little nervous. Pioneerof The Nile, half-sister to Newspaperofrecord.”