After breaking his maiden in his career debut and following up with a sharp second against allowance company, both at Delaware Park last year, Yankee Passion has not yet had the opportunity to reach his full potential in 2011. On January 27, the son of Yankee Gentleman started his 3-year-old campaign with a solid 2¼-length victory against allowance company at Oaklawn Park. The Kentucky-bred conditioned by J. Larry Jones followed by running fifth in the Grade III Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on February 21. In his most recent outing, he finished fifth in the $400,000 Red Legend at Charles Town on June 18.
Another who may be peaking at the right time is Team Valor International and Gary Barber’s Meistersinger, who will be trying stakes company for the first time in the Barbaro. In his most recent, the son of Yes It’s True notched a head victory in a Churchill Downs allowance on June 5. Previously, the Kentucky-bred trained by H. Graham Motion posted a ¾-length score against maiden company at Gulfstream Park on April 3. He has a career record of two wins and a third from five starts with earnings of $66,435
“He worked last Tuesday at Delaware, and he is going to work again on Tuesday (July 5),” said trainer H. Graham Motion. “I was anxious to work him a couple of times at the track. We shipped to him to Delaware from Chruchill on purpose so he could train on the track. We kind of have to find out what we got with him, so the Barbaro is a good spot for that. He won the ‘other than,’ and the horse he beat came back and won a stake at Churchill. His form has held fairly well, but he is a little bit of a puzzling horse. He is not an exceptional work horse, but he is doing well and I think this a good spot for him.”