“It looks like he needed this race and the breeze," said trainer Mary Hartmann. “We are not sure where we will go next. We are just going to take this one in and go from there.”
Mikoshi, ridden by Ferando Jara, won by a neck and returned $6.60 as the second choice in the field of six. The final time for 1 1/16 miles over a firm turf course was 1:40.86.
Coming into the race, Presious Passion, a 7-year-old Florida-bred son of Royal Anthem, had made only three starts in 2010. In February, he posted a 1 1/4-length score in the grade II MacDiarmida Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He followed by running last in the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) at Meydan on March 27. In his most recent effort, he ran seventh in the Monmouth Stakes (gr. IIIT) on June 12.
Last year, Presious Passion posted a record of four wins and three seconds from nine starts with earnings of $1,524,275, including victories in the Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Stakes at Santa Anita and United Nations (both gr. IT) at Monmouth, and a second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita in November.
His career record is 14-7-2 from 47 starts.