I know Zenyata was the star of Breeders Cup Saturday, but I was just watching some of the replays and you have to love Presious Passion's race in the 1 1/2 mile Turf.
After running 1:09 for six furlongs and a 1:34 mile. When the field starts to catch up and 99% of the horses out there would have dropped the anchor and backed out of it, Presious Passion pins his ears and makes one of the best turf/distance horses in the world, Conduit, earn every inch of the half length win.
You can't help but love a horse that is that game after going so fast early on.
I love his running style. I've never seen a horse actually be successful running so far ahead early. They almost always fade badly. He's cool!
Don't know if the San Juan Capistrano is still run at 1-3/4, but back in the 60s, I watched the races from Santa ANita on TV on Saturdays, and one year Tenny/Ellsworth sent in Olden Times as a rabbit for one of their other horses (maybe Prove It? I can't remember exactly). Anyway, Olden Times was basically a sprinter like Presious Passion, and Shoemaker broke him on top, opened up 23 lengths, and hung on to win by a nose! Fantastic race. I've obviously never forgotten it. Mrs. Ellsworth accepted the trophy and kept saying, "He's only supposed to go a mile." Shoemaker said that he was NEVER beaten out of the gate on Olden Times. I saw him in Kentucky back in the late 70s, when his name still showed up on the "leading broodmare sires list." Since we know what happened with Iron Reward, or even with Swap's relative soundness, you do wonder about the care he got. He was pin-fired to a faretheewell and had a hock the size of a grapegruit, but the stud handlers said he was basically sound and nice to handle. Jack Price said he liked to breed Carry Back to Olden Times mares because, "They stay sound and can run all day."
I love this horse! Thank you for putting this thread since I had not been able to see the Breeders Cup or follow and the lead up races (life is very complicated right now and no access to TV, a good thing really). He is a fighter, not the worlds smoothest running style but he makes up for it in courage.
"When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters, one represents danger, the other represents opportunity."
Trainer Mary Hartmann has already declared her intention to bring Presious Passion back to try for the three-peat in the 1 1/2-mile McKnight.
Presious Passion was one of 23 long-distance runners nominated for the McKnight and one of two Breeders' Cup runners-up on the list. Trainer Jonathan Sheppard also nominated Cloudy's Knight, who was equally gallant finishing a close second in the Marathon. Cloudy's Knight bounced back to win Woodbine's Valedictory Stakes on Dec. 6 for his third win in four starts this season.
The 'Passion' will return for an attempt at scoring a hat-trick in the Grade 2 W.L. McKnight turf stakes at Calder Race Course for December 26th!
Just getting caught up and noticed this race wasn't cited.
Alas 'Passion' was seriously compromised by the idiotic effort of the 80-1 Livingston Street who tried to match race if not rabbit-out our swift hare. If you watch the replay see how Livingston Street's jockey sends that horse on at about the 50-second to 1 minute mark in what either he thought (a) was a 1-mi sprint, (b) the second time past the stands when it was only the first, or (c) really just looked to derail Passion's chance to win ...
Props to Breeders' Cup Marathon runner up - and a delightful 9-yr old man - Cloudy's Knight for the victory.
"Originally I was going to give him 10 days off, but I recalculated our schedule and decided to give him a little extra time," said Mary Hartmann, who trains the multiple Grade 1 winner Presious Passion for owner Patricia Generazio.
"His layoff also coincided with my assistant Fernando Espinosa's vacation. He's Presious Passion's regular exercise rider, and to be honest this horse gets a little moody when he's not on him."
Regarding the bond between him and his exercise rider:
Part of the attraction between horse and rider is the fact Espinosa spends so much time with his big horse each and every morning on the track.
"Other exercise riders just don't have the time to spend with him because of their schedules," Hartmann explained. "Fernando has spoiled him. He spends about 45-50 minutes with him each day. They go out around 7:45 a.m. and are the last ones off the track each morning before the break at 8:30."
PP did win the MacDiarmida (Grade 3-T) at Gulfstream Park on Feb 28th. However like many other horses he went off to Dubai, failed to find his form and was off his game afterwards. So a well deserved summer of rest was ordered up, never even thinking about an Arlington Million attempt, but he is poised to return.
'Passion' has been entered in the ninth race on the Sept. 22 card at Delaware Park. The 7-year-old gelding, who has earned more than $2.5 million, will face seven other horses in the 1 1/16-mile conditioned allowance/optional claiming test on turf.
He just completed a workout on 9/14/10 at Monmouth Park going 1 mile in very relaxed time of 1:44.20. At 7-yrs old he knows that a work isn't the real deal.
Something is wrong as he just didn't fire at DelPark and finished 4th.
I thought he was finally relaxing as his opening lead wasn't that huge - maybe 3 lengths at its biggest. So up the backstretch while he did get some pressure the fractions weren't jaw dropping, when challenged he eased back into 2nd then 3rd, and after the last turn he just didn't look comfortable and Elvis was already going to the whip.
He had all sorts of the chances to close without much traffic compromising a final run. The track looked hard and fast which he tends to enjoy best. Somebody seems to have stolen his mojo which likely occured in that trip overseas.