of multiple Grade 1 winner and grass specialist Presious Passion, who finished
second in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf and has been a longtime favorite at
Monmouth Park, has come to an end.
gelded son of Royal Anthem out of the Marquetry mare Princesa’s Passion ran his
final race this past Sunday, when he finished next to last in the Grade 2
$200,000 Monmouth Stakes.
“He went to
a nice farm in Ocala (Florida). It’s the (Joseph and Helen)
Barbazon’s farm and it’s where he was born,” said Mary Hartmann, who trained
him for owner Patricia Generazio. “It was awfully tough to say good-bye to him
and I’ll really miss him. We had a great time together and it was a great run.”
chestnut gelding began his career in a maiden special weight for 2-year-olds in
December of 2005 and made another 51 starts, winning 14 times, placing seven
times, and finishing third twice as he amassed earnings of $2,694,599. Included
on his resume are triumphs in three grade 1, dual grade 2 and one grade 3
Presious Passion competed at many different tracks, including Meydan in the United Arab Emirates in 2010, Monmouth Park
was always his home.
He made 17
starts here, 15 of which were on the turf. In those 15 races, he won five,
finished second three times and was third once as he earned $1,145,500 on this
course. In 2008-2009, he took back-to-back runnings of the Grade 1 United
Nations Stakes and also won the Monmouth Stakes in 2009. His other Grade 1
victory was in the Clement Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Stakes at Santa
Anita and his grade 2 wins came in the 2007-2008 editions of the W.L. McKnight
Handicap at Calder.