Grade 1-winning millionaire Force the Pass is new to stud in Maryland for 2020. During
his racing career, Force the Pass rocketed to the forefront of the sophomore turf
division with his dominant, 3-length victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby, in which
he flew home with a :45.65 final half-mile to defeat the likes of Divisidero, Bolo,
Takeover Target and Startup Nation. That top-level victory at a mile-and-a-quarter
followed a gutsy win in the Grade 3 Penn Mile in 1:34.03 in his preceding start. Having
earlier scored in Gulfstream Park’s Cutler Bay Stakes after breaking his maiden at the
Hallandale track in his second start, Force the Pass would go on to place in the
Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes and Grade 2 Commonwealth Derby to close out his 3-year-old
season. He placed in four more stakes as a 4-year-old (three of them Graded), then
won Monmouth Park’s Cliff Hanger Stakes at 6 in 1:33.73. As a 7-year-old, Force the
Pass was third in the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes.
Force the Pass retired sound, with a career mark of (21) 5-6-5, $1,359,114. He is a son of the rising sire-of-sires Speightstown, out of the multiple Grade 3-winning Dynaformer mare Social Queen, from the immediate female family of Grade 1 winner and $4,714,213- earner Perfect Drift.
WON Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes-G1 at Belmont Park (1-1/4 miles, turf, by 3-3/4 lengths, defeating Canndal[FR], Startup Nation, Closing Bell, Takeover Target, Postulation, Divisidero, Granny's Kitten, Bolo); Penn Mile Stakes-G3 at Penn National (1 mile, turf, by a head, defeating Night Prowler, Granny's Kitten, Ocho Ocho Ocho, etc); Cutler Bay Stakes at Gulfstream Park (1 mile, turf, by a neck, defeating High Noon Rider, Black Martino, etc); a maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park (7-1/2 furlongs, turf, by 1 length). 2ND James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico (1 mile, turf, to Woodwin W, defeating All I Karabout, etc). 3RD Secretariat Stakes-G1 at Arlington (1-1/4 miles, turf, to Highland Reel[IRE], Closing Bell); Commonwealth Derby-G2 (1-1/8 miles, turf, to One Go All Go, Fundamental).
2ND Poker Stakes-G3 at Belmont Park (1 mile, turf, to Obviously[IRE], defeating Offering Plan, Takeover Target, King Kreesa, Grand Arch); Forbidden Apple Stakes at Gulfstream Park (1 mile, turf, a nose to King Kreesa, defeating Tapitation, Lubash, etc). 3RD Commonwealth Turf Cup Stakes-G2 at Laurel Park (1 mile, turf, to Blacktype[FR], Top of Mind); Appleton Stakes-G3 at Gulfstream Park (1 mile, turf, to Reporting Star, Divisidero).
WON Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth Park (1 mile, turf, defeating Irish Strait, Dalama).
3RD Monmouth Stakes-G2 at Monmouth Park (1-1/8 miles, turf, to Almanaar[GB], Synchrony).