Thursday, June 14, 2012


Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, June 14, 2012


NINE-YEAR-OLD PRESIOUS PASSION RETIRED

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 great run.”

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 his home.

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.


JUST SMASHING STAKES ATTRACTS LOCAL HOPEFULS

Quick Flip and Srumdiddlyumptious try to get back in the winner’s circle on Saturday when they line up for the $60,000 Just Smashing Stakes to be run at six furlongs on the main track for 3-year-old fillies.

Trained by Terri Pompay, Quick Flip won the Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs last December and then tried graded stakes company at Gulfstream, finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Old Hat and fifth in the Grade 2 Forward Gal in her last two starts.

Srumdiddlyumptious didn’t fire in her last start in the Inaugural Stakes on Presque Isle Downs’ artificial surface.

“It was her first start on the Poly track and she did no good,” said Kelly Breen, who trains her for George and Lori Hall. “Now she’ll be back on dirt where she’s won and we’re trying to get her back on track.”



HAPPY HOUR ADDED ON FRIDAY

Racing fans will have something more than the late daily double to look forward to on Friday. Following the last race on the card, Happy Hour will commence in the Lady’s Secret Café. In addition, the band Kindred will provide live music, beginning at 5:30 p.m. as complimentary finger food gets served around 7:30 p.m.


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