07/22/2008 12:00AM

War Pass may be done racing


War Pass, last year's Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male, has made little progress from an ankle fracture sustained earlier this year, according to his co-owner, Robert La Penta, casting doubt on whether he will ever race again.

A majority interest in War Pass was sold last year by La Penta to Will Farish's Lane's End Farm, where War Pass is scheduled to go to stud next spring.

"We took X-rays two or three weeks ago," La Penta said Tuesday. "He's not healing as quickly as we had hoped. . . . I'm going to talk to Will Farish to see if he'll entertain thoughts of running him as a 4-year-old."

With little to gain, though, the chances of that happening seem remote. War Pass already is a champion, having won all four of his starts last year, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

War Pass is currently at Saratoga with trainer Nick Zito. Tuesday morning, Zito said War Pass was merely walking under tack at his barn.

War Pass has not raced since finishing second in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April. He subsequently was found to have a small fracture in his left front ankle.