06/26/2006 12:00AM

Pass Rush lesser threat on turf


Pass Rush has a distinctive class edge over his eight rivals in Wednesday's $40,000 A.J. Foyt Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Indiana-breds at Indiana Downs.

The 7-year-old Pass Rush is a graded stakes winner, having captured the Grade 2 San Fernando Breeders' Cup as a 4-year-old. Pass Rush's $589,003 in career earnings are more than the rest of the Foyt runners have earned combined.

Although Pass Rush has lost several steps since competing with graded stakes company, he was still able to win two statebred stakes last year, both coming at Hoosier Park. In his most recent start, Pass Rush rallied through the stretch of the six-furlong Harrison Stakes at Indiana Downs over a sloppy track on May 15 to finish second, beaten just three-quarters of a length.

The main question Pass Rush must answer on Wednesday is whether he can handle the turf, a surface over which he has not hit the board in three career tries. But the 90 Beyer Speed Figure that Pass Rush earned last December over the turf course at Louisiana Downs is better than any other runner in the Foyt has ever earned on grass. David Vance trains Pass Rush for his owner-breeder, Swifty Farms. Rodney Prescott picks up the mount.

War Tracer is proven over the Indiana Downs turf and may prove the main danger to Pass Rush. War Tracer has won both of his starts at the meeting and is 3-0-1 from 4 career starts over the local turf course.

Richard Kohnhorst, who has won with 5 of his 7 starters at the meeting, trains War Tracer, a 4-year-old gelding. Orlando Mojica has the mount.

Lac a Rock upset last year's Foyt by 5 1/2 lengths at 15-1. Lac a Rock is winless in two starts this year and finished fourth, 3 1/4 lengths behind War Tracer, in a one-mile turf allowance locally on June 13 in his most recent start. Jose Camejo, who rode Lac a Rock to victory in this stakes last year, regains the mount from Lac a Rock's owner-breeder-trainer, Patricia Shuster.