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.