Patricia Generazio's Presious Passion, who gave trainer Mary Hartmann her first Grade 1 victory when he took the 2009 United Nations Stakes, is back at Monmouth and aiming for the top turf event of the season on July 2.
The 9-year-old son of Royal Anthem, who won the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Santa Anita in 2009 and finished a close second in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) shortly after, has not been in the winner's circle since he took the Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream in February of 2010.
After a trip to Dubai in March last year, he returned to run seventh in the Monmouth Stakes, and then was sent to the farm for two months. His most recent starts have been less than noteworthy, and he carried his speed only six furlongs last out in the Sunshine Millions Turf on Jan. 29, finishing fifth at Santa Anita.
“He didn't run well in California,” Hartmann said. “We brought him to Florida and he had some minor laser surgery on his throat. Everything's been good with him since then.
“We want to run him in the U.N.,” Hartmann said. “I don't know if I'll be able to get a prep into him or not. The Monmouth Stakes (June 12) comes up too quick.
“It all depends on how he's training. I may have to find something for him to use as a prep,” the trainer said.
Presious Passion has won 14 of his 46 turf starts, including five of 15 at Monmouth, and has earned $1,158,500 of his $2,691,099 career total at this track.
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