To Honor and Serve, who already has a pair of stakes horses in his first crop, got his third winner Aug. 14 when Honor River rallied for a 1½-length maiden special weight victory at Woodbine.
The bay colt, who was bred by Gainesway Thoroughbreds, stalked in second position most of the six-furlong trip until he wrested the lead from Tale of Ronin in midstretch, then pulled clear late to stop the timer in 1:10.82.
Honor River is a half-brother to six winners, including Marshua’s River S. (G3) winner Heavenly Landing. His dam, Peace River Lady, was Grade 3-placed and has three stakes-winning siblings, including multiple Grade 3 winner River Squall.
Honor River originally was consigned by Gainesway to the 2014 Keeneland November sale, where he brought a final bid of $150,000. He then went through the ring again at Keeneland the following September as a yearling, where current owner John Oxley bought him for $195,000.