10/23/2002 11:00PM

Hoosier track report


ANDERSON, Ind. - Pass Rush should rule an imposing favorite when he heads a field of 10 3-year-old Indiana-breds entered for the $40,000 Benjamin Harrison Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

Pass Rush comes in off a solid effort in the $400,000 Indiana Derby, in which he tracked the leaders in fourth to upper stretch before fading to sixth, beaten 6 3/4 lengths by Perfect Drift. Trained by Patrick Byrne for owner Michael Tabor, Pass Rush is still in search of his first stakes victory and looks to have found the right spot.

A son of Crown Ambassador, Pass Rush scored a pair of allowance victories at Churchill Downs in May to account for his two wins this year. Sandwiched between those efforts was a tiring sixth at Pimlico to eventual Belmont winner Sarava in the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard.

He returned to action with a strong second, beaten a neck by Easyfromthegitgo, in the Iowa Derby on July 5. Three weeks later, he traveled to Arlington Park, where was again second, beaten two lengths by Cowboy Stuff.

Following another distant sixth in the West Virginia Derby to Wiseman's Ferry, Pass Rush returned to his home state. Jose Martinez Jr. will ride as Pass Rush breaks from post 4.

Restitution, trained by Greg Foley, comes into the Benjamin Harrison off a pair of sprint wins, including the William Henry Harrison Stakes in his last start. Mike Morgan has the ride from post 2.

Cowboy's Limelite owns a stakes victory going a mile in last year's South Bend Stakes here and shows the ability to lay off the pace and make a solid late charge. Trainer Gary Patrick has Lester Knight named to ride from post 6.