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War Pass Breeders Cup Juvenile 27.10.07

War Pass: Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner was found dead in his paddock

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Unexpected death of US champion War Pass

US CHAMPION War Pass died unexpectedly on December 24 at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky. The five-year-old son of Cherokee Run had returned to Kentucky the evening before in seemingly good order after standing the southern hemisphere season at Widden Stud in Australia.

He showed no signs of illness or injury on the morning of his death and was turned out in his paddock as usual. He was found dead several hours later. Preliminary necropsy results are inconclusive.

"We are very saddened to lose such a promising stallion," said William Farish, owner of Lane's End Farm. "His first foals arrived this year and were extremely well received. He will be buried in the Lane's End cemetery."

War Pass was a brilliant juvenile, capturing the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes and Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile to earn champion two-year-old colt honours in 2007 for owner Robert LaPenta and trainer Nick Zito. He also ran second in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes as a three-year-old and retired at the end of that year as the winner of five races and $1,583,400 in earnings.

War Pass has 63 reported foals from a first crop bred off a $30,000 fee. Only two of 13 offered at the American winter breeding stock sales failed to change hands, with 11 selling for an average of $21,109. He covered 83 mares at a $20,000 fee this season and was due to stand for $15,000 in 2011.

Out of the stakes-placed Mr Prospector mare Vue, War Pass was a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Oath.




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