Maryland-bred millionaire and three-time champion Field Pass called on all his class as the 6-year-old prevailed to win the Find Stakes on Saturday, Aug. 19 at Laurel Park by a neck.
Last year, the gray or roan son of Lemon Drop Kid passed the $1 million mark in earnings when he was elevated to victory in the Texas Turf Classic at Lone Star Park via disqualification. However, he finished no better than fourth in his next seven starts (four of them graded stakes), and most recently finished eighth in an allowance at Saratoga on July 30, his first start in almost six months. The Find marked his fourth start in his home state and his first against Maryland-breds. He went off as the 4-1 third choice in the nine-horse field.
Breaking from post three in the 1 1/16-mile contest over firm turf, Field Pass was unhurried early by Axel Concepcion and made his way to the rail while drafting well off the pace in the early stages. As they moved up the backstretch, Concepcion angled Field Pass off the rail and slowly advanced him towards early leader Wish Me Home while racing in the two-path.
Entering the stretch, Wish Me Home remained in front, but a host of challengers soon began to engage, including Field Pass, who made his bid in the four-path. Although Wish Me Home fought determinedly on the lead, and Crabs N Beer charged on between horses, Field Pass’s class shone through, and he got up for the victory. He covered the distance in 1:41.70. The win was Concepcion’s fourth of the day and first career stakes triumph.
With his Find victory, Field Pass improved his career record to 10-3-5 from 35 starts, all but four starts on the turf, for earnings of $1,239,021. He now sits 16th on the all-time Maryland-bred leading money earners list.
The Maryland-bred champion turf horse the past two years and champion male at 3, Field Pass was bred by Mark Brown Grier and is trained by Mike Maker for owner Three Diamonds Farm. He is out of the Runaway Groom mare Only Me, an eight-time winner from 29 starts. Only Me produced only one other named foal before being retired from breeding. The other, the year-older You Must Chill (Winchill), is a 12-time winner who recorded his second career stakes victory in the Lebanon Valley at Penn National on the evening of Aug. 18, boosting his earnings to $549,772.