12/27/2010 5:56PM

War Pass, the 2007 juvenile champion, dead at age 5

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Barbara D. Livingston
War Pass won the Champagne and Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 2007.

War Pass, the 2007 juvenile champion, died Dec. 24 at Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., the farm announced on Monday.

According to the announcement, War Pass, 5, had arrived the evening before from Australia, where he had stood his second Southern Hemisphere season at stud, and died a few hours after being turned out in his paddock. There was no signs of illness or injury, and the preliminary necropsy reports were inconclusive.

A son of Cherokee Run owned by Robert LaPenta and trained by Nick Zito, War Pass was unbeaten in his 2-year-old year, capturing the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. War Pass won 5 of 7 lifetime and earned $1,583,400.

“We are very saddened to lose such a promising stallion,” Lane’s End owner Will Farish said.