Force the Pass Becomes Lambholm South's Latest Graded Stakes Winning Graduate
May 30th, 2015
Thoroughbred Daily News
A late-on-the-scene second first out at Gulfstream on Valentine’s Day, Force the Pass donned cap and gown over a next-out winner the following month. He added the Cutler Bay S. by a neck over High Noon Rider (Distorted Humor) and two additional next-out winners in Hallandale Apr. 1, but fell one spot short of Woodwin W (More Than Ready) in Pimlico’s James W. Murphy S. on the GI Preakness S. undercard May 16.
Off the inside and in midpack into the first turn behind a break-neck pace, the homebred was shuffled back to second last into the home bend before tugging his way back up several spots. Forced to tap on the brakes lightly at the top of the lane as the field stacked up in front of him, Force the Pass was maneuvered several paths off the rail by Joel Rosario, but still looked to be in deep water. Gamely squeezing through a seam at the sixteenth pole, he exploded once able to lengthen his stride and inhaled MGSW Night Prowler to win impressively.
The winner’s dam, a $275,000 KEESEP yearling, was a two-time graded stakes winner for these connections. She has a yearling colt by English Channel and produced a full-sister to Force the Pass earlier this year. Social Queen is a half to Wonder Gal (Tiz Wonderful), a stakes-winning, dual Grade I-placed juvenile last season.
Congratulations to all of the connections of Force the Pass on his thrilling victory!