This was one small step back in the right direction for the son of Cherokee Run, whose shocking last-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) at odds of 1-20 was the major topic of conversation for several days.
A victory would put War Pass right back in the thick of
“The work went terrific, and we’re glad to have another chance at the Wood Memorial,” said trainer Nick Zito, who may also run Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) winner Anak Nakal in the Wood following two disappointing efforts this year.
Unless another speed horse shows up in the Wood Memorial,
The other two major stakes run on April 5 are the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and
Denis of Cork had been slated to run in the Wood Memorial, with trainer David Carroll already having Dogwood Stable's Blackberry Road pointing for the Illinois Derby. Then Blackberry Road was diverted to the Arkansas Derby, leaving a spot for Carroll to run Denis of Cork. Playing a part in his decision to lean toward Hawthorrne was the problem of getting a plane to New York. Had he been able to line up a flight, Denis of Cork, as of late last week, would have been the only passenger, according to Carroll.