Barn Notes

Precious Passion Still Pointed To Monmouth Stakes

Posted Saturday, Jun 2, 2012

Even though the distance of the Manhattan Handicap better suits Presious Passion, he will bypass the Grade 1 $500,000 turf race at one-mile-and-a-quarter at Belmont on June 9 in favor of the Grade 2 $200,000 Monmouth Stakes, which is a furlong shorter, on June 10.

            “We’d rather stay right here and support the program,” said Mary Hartmann, who trains him for owner Patricia Generazio. “He likes it better a little longer still and the Monmouth is a little short for him, but he’s getting closer to his ideal distance of a mile and a half.” 

            Now nine-years-old, Presious Passion still enjoys being a racehorse and has been training well since spending last summer resting and relaxing at Wellsprings Farm in nearby Colts Neck, N.J.   

            “He was very happy there and it was great because I could visit him all of the time after getting done at the track,” Hartmann said. “He had a window in his stall and would start nickering every time he saw my car coming up the driveway. Now he loves being back at the track and in training.” 

            In 2008 and 2009, Presious Passion won the Grade 1 $750,000 United Nations Stakes here at one-mile-and-three-eighths and was caught in the stretch to finish second in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at his preferred distance of one-mile-and-a-half in 2009.  

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