Pass Rush’s multiple stakes winner Completed Pass parlayed an ideal trip in the King T. Leatherbury Stakes at Pimlico on April 24 into a game victory in the $100,000 turf affair at five furlongs.
Ridden by Angel Cruz, Completed Pass broke alertly and stalked the pace set by Francatelli who opened two lengths on the field in the early going. Completed Pass ranged up three-wide on the far turn, took a short lead in upper stretch, and surged clear late to defeat the early pacesetter by three-quarters of a length at the finish. Completed Pass stopped the clock in a lively :56.52.
Trained by Claudio Gonzalez, Completed Pass is owned by Robert Bone and was bred in Indiana by Swifty farms. Prior to his victory in the King Leatherbury Stakes, Completed Pass annexed the Laurel Dash Stakes at Laurel Park in 2020. Following his score in the King T. Leatherbury Stakes, Completed Pass finished a close third in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes, also at Pimlico. All told, the bay gelding is a 10-time winner and has bankrolled $438,020. Completed Pass is out of the stakes-placed Gold Token mare Christina’s Gold, a two-time winner for Swifty Farms and trainer Cody Autrey.
Pass Rush, a perennial leading sire in Indiana, enjoyed a stellar racing career. He was a consistent stakes performer from ages two to six and scored his biggest win in the 2003 San Fernando Breeders’ Cup Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita en route to lifetime earnings of $594,603. Pass Rush is by Crown Ambassador (a son of Storm Cat) and is produced from the stakes-winning mare Profitable Knight, a daughter of Knight. Pass Rush stands for $1,500 S&N.