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Mar 9 2013 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay II 1 1/16 M 2 REPLAY
Oct 6 2012 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland I 1 1/16 M 3 REPLAY

Connections

Kenny McPeek

Trainer

McPeek's best finish in the Kentucky Derby came in 1995 with Tejano Run, who ran second. He won the 2002 Belmont Stakes with Sarava the longest shot on the board at 70-1. His horse, Noble’s Promise, finished fifth in the 2010 Kentucky Derby. Tejano Run became McPeek’s first standout runner in 1995. The colt was purchased for $20,000 and made $1.1 million on the racetrack helping showcase McPeek's talents in purchasing horses and developing them into talented runners. In 2005, McPeek took time away from training horses to focus on being a bloodstock agent. He originally purchased Curlin for $57,000 in 2007 for owners Midnight Cry Stable, who later sold Curlin to Jess Jackson for an estimated $3.5 million. McPeek returned to training in 2006 and opened his own training farm in Lexington called Magdalena. McPeek graduated from University of Kentucky and went to New York to interview for a position as a stockbroker, but instead went to work for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey as a hot walker. His father Ron McPeek owned horses and was Ken’s first client when he took out a trainer’s license in 1985. The Mcpeek trained Golden Ticket won the G-1 Travers in 2012. Ken tied for leading trainer at the Churchill Downs 2012 Fall Meet. Top stakes winners in the McPeek stable have included, Repent, Take Charge Lady, Harlan's Holiday, She's A Devil Due, Bizzy Caroline, Kathmanblu, Salty Strike and Pure Fun.

Julien Leparoux

Jockey

Leparoux is a two time Eclipse champion jockey and only the fourth to win the honor for top apprentice (2006) as well as journeyman rider (2009). He won the Shoemaker award in 2009 in recognition of his three Breeder's Cup wins that year. He is a five time Breeder's Cup winner.He grew up around racing in Chantilly, France and knew at a young age he wanted to be a jockey. Father Robert was a jockey and assistant trainer. Julien came to North American in 2003 and began working for trainer and fellow Frenchman Patrick Biancone galloping horses. Leparoux began riding in 2005 at Saratoga, but his breakout season came in 2006. He won riding titles as an apprentice at Turfway Park, Churchill Downs, and Keeneland. In 2008 he tied Pat Day's record of seven wins on a single card at Churchill Down's fall meet.Top mounts have included: Informed Decision, Forever Together, Gorella, Dialed In, Warrior’s Reward, She Be Wild, Pure Clan, and Wise Dan and Turallure. Julien Leparoux was born on July 15, 1983 and resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

Charles E. Fipke

Owner

Fipke is a geologist who discovered one of the largest diamond mines in Canada in 1991, the Ekati Mine which supplies more than 4 % of the world's diamond production. He currently lives in British Columbia and has been active in racing in Canada and North America since 1981. He won Canada's most prestigious race, The Queen's Plate, with his home bred Not Bourbon in 2008 and finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby in 2007 with Tale of Ekati who is named for the famous diamond mine he owns a share of. In 2011 his Perfect Shirl was an upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs and 2012 saw his G-1 winner Jersey Town add the G-1 Kelso to his resume. Other top horses Fipke has campaigned include Perfect Soul, Lady Shakespeare and Society's Chairman.

Pedigree

Java's War has an abundance of stamina from his dam's side of the pedigree, but it's of the turf variety, and he's already indicating that dirt might not be his preferred surface.

He is from the first of only two North American crops sired by War Pass, the undefeated champion two-year-old colt of 2007. War Pass swept his first five starts, including the Champagne and Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but his Derby hopes were thwarted during the spring of 2008. He retired from racing following his runner-up effort in the Wood Memorial.

War Pass, who died suddenly in December 2010, was a great loss to the breeding world. Aside from Java's War, his other up-and-comers are the highly-regarded Revolutionary and Ore Pass, winner of the seven-furlong Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes at Laurel.

Java's War is out of Java, a winning full sister to 1998 champion turf mare Fiji. Java has produced one previous stakes performer, Coffee Bar, who placed in the Toronto Cup on turf.

Java is a daughter of European star Rainbow Quest, an influential sire whose progeny thrive over long distances on turf. The same pattern holds for Rainbow Quest's impact as a broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of Powerscourt and Epsom Derby victors Kris Kin and North Light.

Java's dam, multiple stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Island Jamboree, also made her name on the turf. Aside from foaling champion Fiji, she is responsible for French Group 2 hero Capri.

A notable current family member is Moment of Majesty, a descendant of Fiji, who won stakes over Woodbine's turf and Polytrack last year. 

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