Topping the local contingent is Patricia Generazio’s Presious Passion, who is coming off a victory in the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes. Trainer Mary Hartmann said the Oceanport will serve as a prep for Presious Passion’s run at another Grade 1 turf event * the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational at a mile and a half on August 16 at Saratoga.
Trainer Terri Pompay will try to get the 8-year-old Hotstufanthensome back to his stakes-winning ways. The son of Awesome Again, who won the Elkwood Stakes in 2005 and was second in the 2006 running of the Oceanport, made his way back to the winner’s circle last out on July 3. It was his sixth victory at Monmouth in 12 lifetime starts here.