Owner: Robert LaPenta
Breeder: Cherry Valley Farm
State Bred: KY
Winnings: 4 Starts: 4 - 0 - 0, $1,397,400
Won Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1,8.5F), Champagne S. (G1,8F)
Foaled April 17, 2005.
Eclipse Champion Two Year Old Male, 2007.
photo: Rick Samuels photo: Jeffrey Snyder
photo: Coglianese Photos
WAR PASS..comparable to the mighty Slew? ABR discussion 2/10/08
Steve Haskin's thoughts on WAR PASS after the Wood Memorial, where War Pass came in 2nd (quotes from Haskin's "Ky Derby Trail" in the Bloodhorse magazine): Much to Tale of Ekati's credit, he put himself in position to be the first one to pick up the pieces after War Pass hit the proverbial brick wall nearing the eighth pole. But because he tried so hard to run through that wall after being hounded by a “rabbit” for the first five-eighths of a mile, War Pass received as many accolades as the winner.
When the gates opened, War Pass broke just a bit sluggishly and Velasquez pushed him to the lead as if he were in a sprint race. Then, to no one’s surprise, there was Inner Light charging after him from the outside. After the opening quarter in a scorching :22 2/5 over a heavy, drying out track that was listed as fast, War Pass had Inner Light latched on to him like a suckerfish attached to a shark. The pair had already opened up six lengths on Tale of Ekati in third. With a half in a testing :46 flat, War Pass was pretty much cooked at that point. By comparison, top-class older horses in the Excelsior Handicap (gr. III) went their half in :48 2/5, a difference of 12 lengths.
War Pass finally shook free from Inner Light, who would be beaten more than 40 lengths, but he still was rolling through three-quarters in 1:11 2/5, compared to 1:13 3/5 in the Excelsior. The champ, despite a few awkward strides, took a clear lead into the stretch after being brought several paths out by Velasquez, as instructed by Zito. But it was obvious at this point that he had little left and was crawling home (his final three-eighths in :40 4/5).
Tale of Ekati, under Edgar Prado, had never given up his pursuit and he began to close the gap from the inside. War Pass dug in and battled courageously, trying to hold off his pursuer, despite being on empty. But Tale of Ekati kept coming after him...
Tale of Ekati, himself a tired horse after running his half in :46 2/5, finally wore down War Pass in the closing strides to win by a half-length in 1:52 1/5 for the nine furlongs...
After the race, LaPenta put it simply: "The rabbit did him in, but he ran a great race." Even Mott saluted War Pass. "He's a very game horse and he ran a big race, because we pushed him along pretty good."
Tale of Ekati and War Pass are brilliant colts with a great deal of talent, and they’ll need all of it, especially War Pass, who will no doubt become embroiled at some point with Bob Black Jack, Recapturetheglory, and the indomitable Big Brown. But he showed in the Wood that anyone who wants to run with him will pay the price. There's a reason why he's a champion.
Champion War Pass retired TB Times 9/5/08
War Pass continues to recover from fractured ankle TB Times 7/23/08
War Pass may be done racing NTRA 7/22/08
War Pass Injured, Out of Kentucky Derby Bloodhorse 4/19/08
Tale of Ekati catches War Pass DRF 4/5/08
Derby Hopefuls Face Do or Die Weekend Bloodhorse 4/2/08
War Pass Breezes Sharp Half-Mile Bloodhorse 3/27/08 Excerpt: "The 2-year-old champ’s work was the fastest of 11 at the distance."
Ritchey sees parallels with War Pass DRF 3/19/08 Comparing with Afleet Alex's first loss...
LaPenta: War Pass was Perfect for Race Bloodhorse 3/18/08
No fast lane on Derby road DRF 3/17/08 ("He DID NOT have a fever", Zito quoted)
War Pass Fine After Last-Place Finish AP 3/16/08
War Pass Ready to Rumble at Tampa Bay Bloodhorse 3/13/08
Ky. Derby Trail: Breakheart Pass Bloodhorse 2/25/08 (OF COURSE - he won his first start of the year...)
Layoff Not a Problem For War Pass Bloodhorse 2/25/08
War Pass set for first start of year on Sunday TB Times 2/21/08
War Pass Works for 3-Year-Old Debut Bloodhorse 2/16/08
War Pass avoids trouble in workout DRF 2/10/08
War Pass Tops Experimental Bloodhorse 1/24/08
War Pass Is Juvenile Champion Bloodhorse 1/22/08
Lane's End to Stand War Pass Bloodhorse 11/16/07
War Pass Marches to Juvenile Victory Bloodhorse 10/27/07
War Pass Morning-Line Favorite in Bessemer Trust Juvenile Bloodhorse 10/23/07
War Pass Slices Through Field to Win Champagne Bloodhorse 10/6/07