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2013 Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile - Java's War

If any colt had a built-in excuse to lose Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes (G-1) at Keeneland, it was Java's War. Trouble started when he hesitated coming out of the gate spotting the rest of the field about three lengths. He trailed last of 14, 3 ½ lengths behind the back of the pack through the first quarter. After a half mile, he still sat at the back of the pack, largely forgotten, and at the ¾ pole he'd made up only three lengths. Meanwhile at the other end of the field, the favorite Rydilluc and Uncaptured were setting a moderate pace of :23.81, :48.04 and 1:12.76. Java's War finally kicked it into gear rounding the far turn. He went wide enough for his jockey Julien Leparoux to grab a Keeneland Breeze drink out of the hands of a racegoer at the apron rail. Down the stretch, the Kenny McPeek trainee appeared to hesitate slightly, then raced in tandem with Palace Malice, before edging ahead of that rival by a long neck at the finish line. Palace Malice, was a neck in front of the show horse Charming Kitten. The final time for the Blue Grass was 1:50.27 over the Polytrack. Java's War ran his last 1/8 mile in :12.15 seconds. The final time of the Blue Grass was comparable to the 1:50.92 time set by Brilliant Speed in 2011, but about three seconds off of Dullahan's 1:47.94 last year – which is the fastest Blue Grass Stakes time recorded since the switch to Polytrack. Java's War earned 100 Derby points and now has 122 points, placing him at #4 on the leader board.

JAVA'S WAR (War Pass - Java, by Rainbow Quest) is a home-bred colt owned by Charles Fipke. Mr. Fipke purchased the colt's dam Java in foal to War Pass out of the Keeneland November '09 sale for $350K.

Java's War is by 2007 Juvenile Champion War Pass, who sired only two crops before his untimely death in 2010. War Pass was a brilliant two year old who entered the Breeders' Cup Juvenile undefeated after dominating front-running scores in his debut, an allowance race and the Champagne Stakes. The son of Cherokee Run splashed his way to a 4 ¾ length victory in the Juvenile. The following year, War Pass continued his winning ways with a seven length victory in an allowance test, but like many Champion juveniles, couldn't carry his form forward into his thee year old season. After tasting defeat in the Tampa Bay Derby after a rough trip. War Pass took one more stab at the triple crown preps in the Wood Memorial, winging it on the front end in his usual style, only to falter in the stretch. He placed second by a ½ length to Tale of Ekati, a colt he dominated as a two year old. War Pass suffered a foreleg injury during the Wood Memorial and was retired.

It's difficult to say how far War Pass' progeny will want to run. His sire Cherokee Run was the Champion Sprinter of 1994. Cherokee Run's offspring won stakes races up to 1 1/8 miles and two placed at 1 ¼ miles. His two most prominent sons at stud are Kafwain and Yonaguska. Kafwain sired two stakes winners at 1 1/8 miles, Daisy Devine and The Pamplemousse and one son Don't Forget Gil, placed at 1 ¼ miles. The same for Yonaguska. His offspring win up to 1 1/8 miles. His best son, Musket Man finished third in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

War Pass' damsire Mr. Prospector is a Brilliant/Classic Chef-de-race and his second damsire Hoist The Flag is a Brilliant/Intermediate Chef-de-race. It's not a stretch to opine that War Pass' babies may follow in his hoof-prints and those of his sire Cherokee Run and will likely be distance challenged beyond 1 1/8 miles.

War Pass sired 65 foals in his initial crop and he was #13 on the Freshman Sire list of 2012 in terms of earnings. War Pass stood only two years at stud, including a stint in Australia, before his mysterious death right before the 2011 breeding season. War Pass is also the sire of Louisiana Derby hero Revolutionary.

WAR PASS( Cherokee Run - Vue, by Mr. Prospector)
Javas War Sire War PassRace Record: 7-5-1-0 ($1,583,400)

Career Highlights:
1st – Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G-1) 1 1/16 miles
1st – Champagne Stakes (G-1) 1 mile
2nd – Wood Memorial Stakes (G-1) 1 1/8 miles

Female family:
Java's War's dam Java (Rainbow Quest – Island Jamboree, by Explodent) was bred in England and made two starts there before shipping to Hollywood Park. She won her maiden at Hollywood traveling 1 1/6 miles over the lawn. The mare made three starts in allowance company at Santa Anita, and showed her fondness for Hollywood Park while winning her final start at 1 ¼ miles on turf beating allowance runners. Java retired with a 7-2-1-2 ($73,174) record.

To date, four of Java's foals have raced in the U.S. and are winners. Her 2009 son Coffee Bar (by Mineshaft) placed in the Toronto Cup Stakes going 1 1/8 miles over the Polytrack. He's also a winner over turf and placed in claiming races on dirt. Java's War is Java's first foal to attain graded stakes status. Java bore a two year by Perfect Soul, a yearling colt by Not Bourbon and she is in foal to the same sire.

Java is a full sister to the Champion turf mare Fiji who was victorious from 1 1/8 to 1 ¼ miles. She's also a half sister to Capri (by Generous) a French Group 2 winner. Java's War's second dam Island Jamboree (Explodent – Careless Virgin, by Wing Out) earned over $300K as a multiple stakes winner. Distant members of this distaff line include Grade 1 winners Careless Jewel, Subordination, Fabulous Notion and Cacoethes.

Java's War is a member of the Lowe's Female Family 2-e. Members of this line have won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. The most recent was Preakness hero Candy Spots in 1963.

Javas War pedigree

Javas War damsire rainbow questWar Pass offers his son speed, while Rainbow Quest offers stamina. Rainbow Quest raced in England/Ireland for three years. At two, he was rated only a pound below the Juvenile Champ El Gran Senor. The son of Blushing Groom matured into a Champion at age three and was Co-Champion Stayer at age four, securing victories in the Coronation Cup, Arc de Triomphe, and King George & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes all Group 1 events. The colt had the speed and class to place at seven furlongs, but was really a 1 ½ miles specialist.

Rainbow Quest passed along his great stamina to his offspring and that of his daughters. He was recognized for passing along these attributes when he was named a Classic/Stout Chef-de-Race in 2006. As a broodmare sire, Rainbow Quest is represented by over 60 stakes winners internationally at 1 ¼ miles or beyond; however, only one of those is a winner at that distance over dirt. The stallion has been amongst the top 50 leading broodmare sires in the U.S. for over ten years.

Java's War has a fairly unusual pedigree. Both his sire and damsire are descended directly from the Brilliant/Classic Chef-de-race Blushing Groom. There have been five stakes winners produced by mating sires and dams from the same Blushing Groom sire line and they've won over dirt and turf.

Javas War Bluegrass stakesJava's War appears to be an average-sized bay colt. His stride isn't particularly long and his leg extension is average with no paddling or excessive leg action.

The colt has a speed over stamina pedigree. He raced very wide in the Blue Grass Stakes, and 1 ¼ miles could well be within his scope. Java's War has a mix of dirt and turf influences in his pedigree.

Java's War is a winner over the lawn and Polytrack. He may be adept over dirt, although to date, he doesn't appear as strong over that surface as he is over turf and Polytrack. Java's War placed second, beaten by three lengths in the Tampa Bay Derby but the unbeaten Verrazano; however, the worst finish of his career came in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G-2) at Churchill as a two year old. Last year's Blue Grass Stakes hero Dullahan also has a mix of turf/dirt attributes in his pedigree and he finished third in the Kentucky Derby. It's very possible that Java's War could emulate that feat in three weeks.


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Churchill Downs' field is not keenland and vice versa. Loving the dirt for sure is what I look for and rue the day of the synthetic field for the bettor but know the horse benefits. It is not clear why to me. I'm looking for a "dirt baby." billie
He might have a chance to hit the board(not win) if the track turns up sloppy. His brother Revolutionary has a much better shot and I will use him.
Java's War is an interesting horse. I generally stear clear of Blue Grass winners and KEE form like the plague. That race produces a lot of visually appealing stretch runs that don't seem to translate to CD. The horse has bad breaking habits that could also impact his win chances. I agree definitley speed over stamina as Laura puts it. I wonder if he will eventually land on the lawn pemanently after the big dollar TC is over. These pedigree profiles are very helpful in understanding the background and chances of the horses.
Steal a homecoming cake and find-out for yourself.
Like Jack Van Berg said, "Time only counts when you're in prison."
HOw many more times are you going to mention how slow this field MAY be. If you find it so horible then watch simething else. Honestly time doesn't really matter. It would be an interesting race even if they walked.
Is Java's War the best 'closer' running for the roses? The 1 1/8 Race internal fractions are sooooo slow f/this crop (except Baffert's Govenor Charlie) that a War Pass seed may win..)
I was thinking the same thing. I sure am happy to see his progeny do well. I loved him. I tend to check from time to time for a reason and have never found one.
Loss of War Pass surely felt this year w/ Java's War and Revolutionary. Tulira Castle, a promising Ore Pass. In Australia -- his first stakes winner in Never Can Tell. I've searched for some conclusive reason for his sudden death, and there is still none.

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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   


For more than a decade, I've passionately studied pedigree, how it applies to handicapping and breeding theories. In 2010, I joined Horse Racing Nation as their Pedigree Analyst, focusing on juvenile stakes winners, Triple Crown contenders and first crop sires from a handicapping perspective.   


In 2011, I accepted the role of South Florida Coordinator and Advisory Board Member for the national non-profit Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association (ThoroFan). Working closely with Gulfstream Park management and other race fans, we created a ThoroFan Chapter at Gulfstream Race Track. Our main project is assisting Thoroughbred rescue and re-training groups.


I continue to maintain my website Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds and blog of the same name. As a pedigree consultant, I specialize in assisting small to mid-size breeding/training operations with broodmare breeding reports, sales catalog analysis and recommendations on claims and private sales. 10 - 20% of all proceeds are donated to Thoroughbred rescue and retraining groups.
I welcome your questions regarding pedigree, handicapping and breeding. If you would like me to cover a specific topic please contact me at lross@horseracingnation.com.

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