Yankee Passion will launch what could be a very productive 3-year-old season in Thursday’s eighth race at Oaklawn Park.
“We’re pretty high on him,” said his trainer, Larry Jones.
Passion heads a field of eight 3-year-olds in the $50,000 optional
claiming sprint that carries first-level allowance conditions. Others in
the six-furlong race include Philippe, a half-brother to Grade 2 winner
T.D. Vance, and Mastman, a romping winner against Illinois-bred maidens
at Hawthorne for trainer Jamie Ness.
Yankee Passion has raced
twice, with both starts coming at Delaware Park. He won his career debut
on Aug. 3, then advanced to a first-level optional claimer on Aug. 26.
Yankee Passion stalked the pace in the six-furlong race and finished
second, beaten three-quarters of a length.