Fracture stalls War Pass's return

Last year's 2-year-old champion War Pass might not make it back to the track this season due to a small fracture in the sesamoid in the colt's left front ankle that has not healed.

The son of Cherokee Run has been sidelined since April with the injury after it was discovered in the weeks following his runner-up finish in the Wood Memorial.

“Frankly, we took X-rays about two to three weeks ago, and it's not healing as quickly as we would have hoped,” owner Robert LaPenta said Tuesday. “I sold the majority of his breeding right to Lane's End, so I'm going to talk to (Lane's End owner) Will Farish and see if he would entertain possibly running him as a 4-year-old. Right now it's up in the air.”

War Pass was undefeated in four starts as a 2-year-old, including a victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Monmouth last fall. The dark bay colt won one of three starts this season.