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2007 Experimental Free Handicap

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War Pass

War Pass winning the 2007 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated April 18, 2008

War Pass, winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile, received the high weight assignment of 127 pounds on the 2007 Experimental Free Handicap, released today by The Jockey Club. The 127 pounds assigned to War Pass is the same as last year's high weight, Street Sense, which was the highest assignment for a colt since Favorite Trick received 128 pounds on the 1997 Experimental Free Handicap. The filly division is headed by undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Indian Blessing at 123 pounds.

The Experimental Free Handicap, published annually by The Jockey Club since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year's leading two-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. This year's weighting committee of racing secretaries was composed of Ben Huffman of Churchill Downs, P.J. Campo of the New York Racing Association and Thomas S. Robbins of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club..

The committee weighted a total of 105 males and 99 fillies. Eligible for weighting were all two-year-olds of 2007 that finished among the top four in graded or other unrestricted races with an added value of at least $75,000, run in the continental United States.

Robert V. LaPenta’s War Pass won all four of his starts last year for earnings of $1,397,400. In addition to his 4 3/4 length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, he also won the Champagne Stakes. He was bred in Kentucky by Cherry Valley Farm LLC.

War Pass is weighted 7 pounds higher than Dixie Chatter, Into Mischief and Pyro, who are tied for second highest. The 7-pound spread in weights equals the record established in 1952 when Native Dancer, at 130 pounds, was weighted 7 pounds more than runner-ups Laffango and Tahitian King.

In the filly division, the 123 pounds assigned to Indian Blessing is the standard impost for top Experimental fillies and is equivalent to the assignment on last year’s high weight, Dreaming of Anna.

Bred in Kentucky by her owners, Patti and Hal J. Earnhardt III, Indian Blessing went undefeated in three starts at 2. In addition to her 3 1/2 length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Indian Blessing also won the Frizette Stakes for earnings of $1,357,200.

Among sires of Experimental horses, Tale of the Cat tops the list of colts and geldings with five representatives while Yonaguska heads the fillies' list with four representatives. Combining the two lists, Fusaichi Pegasus, Kafwain, Tale of the Cat and Van Nistelrooy are the leading sires with five representatives each. Of the 204 juveniles weighted, 130 were bred in Kentucky, 30 in Florida and 12 in New York.

The other use of the Experimental rankings is in determining which horses are "dual qualifiers" for the Kentucky Derby. Horses ranked within 10 pounds of the male topweight or who are a champion in another country and have a Dosage Index of 4.0 or less and a Center of Distribution of 1.25 or less are considered the dual qualifiers. These horses have statistically shown that they have a better chance at winning the Derby. Dual qualifiers are indicated below in bold.

Colts and Geldings

127 - War Pass
120 - Dixie Chatter*
120 - Into Mischief*
120 - Pyro*
119 - Court Vision*
119 - Georgie Boy*
119 - Wicked Style*
118 - Kodiak Kowboy*
118 - Majestic Warrior*
118 - Salute the Sarge
118 - Tale of Ekati*
116 - Colonel John*

Full list of colts and geldings

Note: Tomcito is also a dual qualifier with a dosage of 3.00 as he was the 2-year-old champion in Peru last year.

Fillies

123 - Indian Blessing*
121 - Country Star*
119 - Proud Spell
118 - Cry and Catch Me
117 - Backseat Rhythm
117 - Pure Clan
116 - Irish Smoke
116 - Izarra
116 - Mushka
114 - Grace and Power
114 - Sea Chanter
114 - Set Play
113 - A to the Croft
113 - Elusive Lady
113 - Runforthemoneybaby

Full list of fillies

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