War Pass

War Pass

Breeders’ Cup Champion
C. Velasquez
N. Zito
Robert V. LaPenta
Cherry Valley Farm

Entering the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile off a convincing score in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont Park, trainer Nick Zito’s War Pass justified his favoritism with a front-running 4 ¾-length victory in a field of 11 on a sloppy sealed track at Monmouth Park under jockey Cornelio Velasquez.

The two turns and 1 1/16-mile distance proved no problem for the son of 1994 Breeders’ Cup Spring winner Cherokee Run, who led by more than seven lengths heading into the stretch. He was an easy choice for the Eclipse Award for 2-Year-Old Male the following January.

War Pass was shocked in the subsequent Tampa Bay Derby in his start to the Triple Crown of 2008, losing at odds of 1-20. He later was injured in the Wood Memorial and retired to stud that fall. He died suddenly in 2010 after returning from Southern Hemisphere stud duty in Australia.


  • 2007 Sentient Jet Juvenile

Breeders’ Cup Record

Breeders’ Cup Races Won

2007 Bessemer Trust Juvenile

Lifetime Stats


Previous Races

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War Pass
Cherokee Run
Runaway Groom
Blushing Groom (FR)
Yonnie Girl
Cherokee Dame
Silver Saber
Dame Francesca
Mr. Prospector
Raise a Native
Gold Digger
Harbor Flag
Hoist the Flag
Bayou Blue

Career Highlights

October 6, 2007
Won Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.
October 27, 2007
Won Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park.
January 21, 2008
Voted Eclipse Award as Champion 2-year-old of 2007.
October 6, 2007
Won Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.

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