War Pass Heads Feb. 24 Allowance
Photo: Eliot Schechter
War Pass will make his 3-year debut when he runs in a $60,000 allowance event at Gulfstream Park Feb. 24.
Robert LaPenta’s Eclipse Award-winning War Pass, champion 2-year-old in 2007, will make his first start since an emphatic victory in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) when he runs in a $60,000 allowance at Gulfstream Park Feb. 24.

The one-mile open money event, 10th on an 11-race card, has drawn five other ambitious 3-year-olds but figures to be an easy assignment for the unbeaten War Pass. Assigned morning-line odds of 2-5, he will break from post five under regular rider Cornelio Velasquez.

War Pass, by Cherokee Run out of the Mr. Prospector mare Vue, is unbeaten in four starts and is considered one of the leading contenders for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Bred in Kentucky by Seth Hancock’s Cherry Valley Farm, the colt was a $180,000 Keeneland September yearling sale purchase.

War Pass’s connections will also send out Web Gem, a Fusaichi Pegasus   colt who ran fourth Jan. 30 in an allowance event at Gulfstream last time out. A $600,000 RNA from Fasig-Tipton’s select Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training, Web Gem has only one win under his belt – an Oct. 25 maiden special weight going a mile at Aqueduct.

Other runners include the Michael Petro-trained Jet Run, who has not won a race since August of 2007, the lightly-raced Chadwell (whose only other start beside a maiden win was an eighth-place finish in a Jan. 24 allowance), Ultimate Authority, whose last win for trainer Angel Salinas came in September of 2007, and the Donald Pittman-trained Dylan’s Choice – the 10-length winner of a 1 1/16-mile maiden claiming event at Tampa Bay Downs Jan. 26 .

$60,000 Silver Series Purse (allowance, race 10, approximate post 5:44 p.m.), one mile, 3-year-olds, dirt
PP, Horse, Weight, Jockey, Odds,
1. Jet Run (MD), 108, Nick Petro, Jr., 12-1
2. Chadwell (KY), 118, Jorge Chavez, 15-1
3. Web Gem (KY), 118, Joe Bravo, 4-1
4. Ultimate Authority (FL), 118, John Velazquez, 5-1
5. War Pass (KY), 118, Cornelio Velasquez, 2-5
6. Dylan's Choice (ON), 108, Edilberto Dominguez, 20-1

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