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Three Diamonds Farm’s Field Pass took his tenacity and talent cross-country as he ventured from Belmont Park to Del Mar for the $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap-G2, winning by a head over odds-on choice Sacred Life (Fr) on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Field Pass cb1 360 copy1Making his second consecutive start against Sacred Life, Field Pass broke well and found his place along the rail mid-pack as longshot Lambeau recovered from a bad stumble at the start to take over the lead through an opening quarter-mile in :23.77. As they moved up the backstretch, Field Pass made a sweeping move on the outside to take the lead, with Bob and Jackie chasing from the inside. The Mike Maker trainee led into the stretch, with Sacred Life and Indian Peak storming down the outside, but to no avail as Field Pass came out on top in the photo finish to stop the clock at 1:41.85 for the one and one-sixteenth miles on the turf.

“I didn’t want to stop the stride of my horse. He was running happy and I was happy, too,” said jockey Umberto Rispoli. “He fought hard late and we got there first.”

The victory was redemption from Field Pass’ previous start in the Knickerbocker Stakes-G3 at Belmont in October, where the 4-year-old gelding led until the final jump when Sacred Life nipped him at the wire, beating him by a head.

The Seabiscuit was the Maryland-bred’s second victory this year, following a neck score in the mile-long Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup-G3 at Pimlico in July, which he finished in 1:35.12. He made his first Grade 1 start in his season debut this April, finishing fourth in the Maker’s Mark Mile at Keeneland, just three lengths behind winner Raging Bull (Fr), and followed with an eighth in the Man o’War Stakes-G1 at Belmont before finishing fourth in the Wise Dan Stakes-G2 at Churchill Downs in June. After the BWI Turf Cup, he was last of eight in the Fourstardave Handicap-G1 at Saratoga.

Field Pass finished second in his career debut as a 2-year-old at Churchill Downs in June 2019 before breaking his maiden by three-quarters of a length at Saratoga a month later and following up with a third-place finish in the With Anticipation Stakes-G3 that August.

Last year, he kicked things off with his first stakes victory in the Dania Beach at Gulfstream Park, which he won by a neck, before taking the Jeff Ruby Steaks-G3 at Turfway Park in March. Winning by a neck over Invader, he finished the one and one-eighth miles on the all-weather track in 1:49.34. He made eight more starts as a 3-year-old, all in stakes, winning the Transylvania-G3, Ontario Derby-G3 and Audubon Stakes, and securing third-place finishes in the American Turf-G2, Twilight Derby-G2 and War Chant.

The son of Lemon Drop Kid was named 2020 Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old male.

All in all, Field Pass has made 15 of his 23 career starts in graded stakes, winning five and placing in four others. He has raced at 11 tracks while improving his overall record to 8-3-3 as he nears the $1 million mark in earnings, with $913,143 bankrolled so far.

Bred by Mark Brown Grier, the gray/roan was sold for $37,000 as a yearling to Owls Bloodstock at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall sale. Field Pass is one of two named foals for his dam Only Me, by Runaway Groom, who also produced 2021 Alphabet Soup Handicap winner You Must Chill. The mare was sold privately after producing a colt by Imagining in 2018 (who later died) and has not been bred since.

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