To Honor and Serve colt romps at Woodbine

Mark Casse trainee State of Honor breaks maiden by 4¾ lengths

First-crop sire To Honor and Serve was represented by his seventh winner Oct. 19 when Conrad Farms’ homebred colt State of Honor romped by 4¾ lengths in a seven-furlong maiden special weight at Woodbine.

Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Patrick Husbands, State of Honor stalked the early pace before easily taking charge down the backstretch and quickening away to an emphatic victory while still in hand. The final time was a rapid 1:22.75.

State of Honor was bred in Ontario from the Elusive Quality mare State Cup, a half-sister to Santa Catalina Stakes (G2) winner St Averil. Though State of Honor earned his first victory Wednesday, the colt had tipped his hand on debut July 17 when running third, beaten less than a length, in the $143,000 Victoria Stakes over six furlongs.