Grade II Winner Pass Rush Retired

Grade II winner Pass Rush, a four-time Indiana champion, has been retired from racing with earnings over half-million. The 5-year-old horse, who was Indiana's Horse of the Year the last two years while racing for Michael Tabor, was sent to Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. Tabor is an associate of Ashford's parent outfit, Coolmore Stud.

"He was trying hard, but just wasn't winning at the end," said Patrick Byrne, who trained the son of Crown Ambassador throughout his career. "He was basically sound, but rather than keep him in training, it was decided to retire him."

Pass Rush made his first two starts for his breeder, Don and Dana Myers' Swifty Farms, after which he was bought privately by Tabor.

Pass Rush, who was produced from the Knight mare Profitable Knight, won the 2003 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita and the restricted Benjamin Harrision Stakes the previous year at Hoosier Park. He retired with five wins from 25 starts and earnings of $506,225. Three of his seven stakes-placings came in graded events at Churchill Downs, including the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II).

Breeding plans are undecided.