War Pass retired with sesamoid injury

War Pass, the champion 2-year-old male of last season, has been retired and will enter stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm for 2009.

The 3-year-old son of Cherokee Run had not raced since his runner-up finish in the Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 5. Shortly after that start, War Pass was found to have a small fracture in the sesamoid of his left front ankle and was sent to the sidelines.

"The injury he had to his sesamoid just simply hadn't healed the way we had hoped it would," Farish said Friday. "We had been holding out and took some more X-rays. He's fine in terms of galloping around the paddock and that sort of thing, but the veterinarians just felt it was a risk we shouldn't take."

War Pass will stand as property of a syndicate. A stud fee has not yet been determined but Farish said the farm expects to make that announcement in "the next four to five days."

Owned by Robert LaPenta and trained by Nick Zito, War Pass showed early brilliance by going undefeated in four starts as a 2-year-old, including a 43/4-length triumph in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park last October.

The dark bay colt won his season opener by 71/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 24 before suffering defeats in the Grade III Tampa Bay Derby and Wood Memorial.

"War Pass is without a doubt the fastest 2-year-old I've ever had," Zito said after the Breeders' Cup. "I've been on the track since I was a teenager and in my opinion, War Pass has everything: speed, class and quality."

War Pass, out of the Mr. Prospector mare Vue, is retired with five wins from seven career starts and earnings of $1,583,400. He was bred in Kentucky by Cherry Valley Farm.

"He's an outstanding-looking horse and has an outstanding pedigree," Farish said. "He had brilliant, brilliant speed and the ability to carry that speed a distance of ground.

"He will make a great addition to the Lane's End stallion roster."