Barn Notes

Presious Passion Among 11 Entered in $75,000 Elkwood Stakes

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012

            Presious Passion,  a close second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2009, is among the 11 talented turf specialists entered for Saturday’s featured event, the $75,000 Elkwood Stakes, which will be run at one mile over the turf course.  Patricia Generazio’s nine-year-old gelded son of Royal Anthem has won $2,639,452 and made 46 career starts but hasn’t found the winner’s circle since February 28, 2010.

            “He’s doing quite well, training well and he seems to still like racing. He’s sound and he doesn’t have a pimple on him.” trainer Mary Hartmann said.          

            Presious Passion has plenty of early foot and there is a lot of other speed in the race, so a quick pace is expected and that may prove to his disadvantage.

            “One mile is not really his distance. He used to rate, but I don’t think he will anymore,” Hartmann said. “This is a tough race. I was surprised at how tough it came up.”

            The Elkwood takes on added significance as it may be the final time that the horse will line up in the starting gate.

            “We’ll see on Saturday. If he doesn’t fire, we’ll probably retire him,” Hartmann said. “I’ve had a great time with him. I’ve been all over with him and it’s been a great run.”

            In addition to Presious Passion, another Monmouth Park favorite has entered the Elkwood, James Dinan and Phantom Horse Farm’s Get Serious, who hasn’t been out since he last raced at Monmouth on September 4.  However, his affinity for this turf course is unquestionable, having captured a trio of Grade 3 stakes (the Red Bank, Oceanport and Monmouth) on it.   

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