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War Pass

War Pass
Sire Cherokee Run
Dam Vue
Grandsire Runaway Groom
Damsire Mr. Prospector
Gender Colt
Foaled 2005
Country United States
Color Dark Bay
Breeder Cherry Valley Farm
Owner Robert V. LaPenta
Trainer Nicholas P. Zito
Record 7: 5-1-0
Earnings $1,433,400
War Pass is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Vue by Cherokee Run. He was born around 2005 in the United States, and was bred by Cherry Valley Farm.
Major wins

Champagne Stakes (2007)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:

Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2007)
American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (2007)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 3, 2008

War Pass (foaled April 17, 2005 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse and winner of the 2007 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Owned by Robert V. LaPenta and bred by Cherry Valley Farm, he is out of the mare Vue, a daughter of the influential Champion sire, Mr. Prospector. He was sired by the 1994 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner, Cherokee Run, a descendant of the very important sire, Nearco.


Race career

- 2007 -

Trained by Nick Zito, War Pass both broke his maiden and won a first level allowance race at Saratoga Race Course in August and September. On October 3, 2007 he won the G1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park which as a part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge earned him an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. [1].

On October 27, 2007, War Pass was the post time favorite and won the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile by 4 3/4 lengths over a sloppy track at Monmouth Park. Undefeated in 2007, he was made a winterbook favorite for the 2008 Kentucky Derby.

- 2008 -

Wintered at Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center in Florida, War Pass started his three year old campaign in an Allowance Race. With no real competition in the race, the betting public made him the 1 to 20 favorite. War Pass broke to the lead and never being asked, pulled away from the field with little effort under Cornelio Velasquez. War Pass' next start in the G3 Tampa Bay Derby started out in similar fashion, as he was again the overwhelming 1 to 20 favorite. However, he was bumped at the start and never got into the lead. Although he eventually made it up to third in the field of seven, he stopped badly and finished last, beaten 23 lengths. He apparently had a fever earlier in the week, and trainer Nick Zito said that he also sustained some cuts due to the bumping he took at the beginning of the race.

When he was shipped to New York's Aqueduct Racetrack for the April 5, 2008 Wood Memorial Stakes, War Pass had a difficult trip and suffered a cut lip that required stitches. In the race, he took the lead early but tired in the homestretch and finished second after being caught in the final six strides by Tale of Ekati.

Following the Wood Memorial, it was discovered he had a minor fracture in his left foreleg, and was officially out of the Kentucky Derby. Although he made a full recovery, vets concluded that it would be too dangerous to run him again. War Pass was retired to stud in September 2008. As of 09/06/2008 no stud fee has been decided.


On November 16, 2007, it was announced that upon retirement the horse will stand at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky [2].

The first reported foal for War Pass was a filly out of Throbbin' Heart (by Smoke Glacken) born on January 19, 2010 at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.[3]


2nd Wood Memorial Stakes 1 1/8 miles Aqueduct Racetrack Fast
7th Tampa Bay Derby 1 1/16 Miles Tampa Bay Downs Fast 53
1st Allowance One Mile Gulfstream Park Fast 97
1st Breeders' Cup Juvenile 1 1/16 Miles Monmouth Park Sloppy 113
1st Champagne Stakes One Mile Belmont Park Fast 103
1st Allowance Optional Claiming Six Furlolngs Saratoga Race Course Good 94
1st Maiden Six Furlolngs Saratoga Race Course Fast 84


  • Daily Racing Form Past Performances
  1. War Pass - NTRA
  2. Horse Racing - CBSSports.com
  3. Notable 2010 Foals | Thoroughbred Times [1]


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