(from Monmouth Park)
Aside from cashing in Presious Passion's "Win and You're In" ticket for this fall's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), trainer Mary Hartmann said plans are undecided for her back-to-back United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) winner.
The 6-year-old Presious Passion, owned by Pat Generazio, ran the most dramatic race of his life July 4 when he smashed the Monmouth Park turf course record for 11 furlongs by nearly two full seconds.
“We’re not sure,” said Hartmann July 8 of the next step. “To tell the truth, we haven’t really started thinking about it yet. We figured we’d take a few days off to bask in the glow.
“He came out of the race perfect, not even tired,” the trainer added.
The long-range plan calls for Presious Passion to run in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita Nov. 7. He earned a berth with the U.N. triumph.
“We know he’ll handle the course out there,” Hartmann said. “He was second in the Sunshine Millions Turf out there, and that was on a softer track. He should get a firm track in the fall.”
Hartmann said she will work backwards from the Breeders’ Cup to map out a course for the son of Royal Anthem, with perhaps one race a month.
“For his race in August, we’ll look at the Arlington Million (gr. IT on Aug. 8) and the Sword Dancer at Saratoga (gr. IT on Aug. 15),” the trainer said.
In the U.N., Presious Passion opened an enormous early lead of 20 lengths, and set fractions of :45.20 for the half and 1:34.67 for the mile before completing the 11 furlongs in a spectacular 2:10.97.
“That was him being him,” Hartmann said. “He was on a mission, and when he’s like that, Elvis (jockey Trujillo) just sits there like a statue and lets him do what he wants. You can’t fight him when he’s on a mission, so why try?
“The first time he ran off like that, in the Mac Diarmida (Feb. 21 at Gulfstream), I got nervous. But now I know that’s just him being him, and I don’t worry about it.”