WAR PASS (Cherokee Run), the champion juvenile colt of 2007, died Christmas
Eve at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky. The
five-year-old stallion had just arrived the evening before in good order from
standing his second Southern Hemisphere season at Widden Stud in Australia.
The morning of his death War Pass showed no signs of illness or injury. He
was turned out in his paddock and died several hours later. Preliminary necropsy
results are inconclusive.
War Pass compiled a record 7-5-1-0 with earnings of $1,583,400. He was
undefeated in four starts at age two, winning his debut at Saratoga by 2 3/4
lengths and later notching an allowance at the same course by 5 1/2 lengths. He
made his stakes debut in the Champagne S. (G1) at Belmont Park, winning by 1 1/2
lengths, then concluded his championship campaign with a 4 /4-length score in
the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Monmouth Park.
High-weighted on the Experimental Free Handicap, War Pass made his
three-year-old debut in an allowance at Gulfstream Park. He won for fun by 7 1/2
lengths, but met his first reversal when last of seven in the Tampa Bay Derby
(G3) at odds of 1-20. He fared better in what would be his final career start in
the Wood Memorial S. (G1) at Aqueduct, finishing a half-length second to Tale of