The career 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.
The 9-year-old 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
The 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 stakes races.
Although Presious Passion competed at many different tracks,
including Meydan in the United Arab Emirates in 2010, Monmouth Park was always
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.