February 28, 2010

If You Don’t Like Presious Passion, Then You Don’t Like Horse Racing

He did it again. That seven year old gelding from modest beginnings, Presious Passion was back at the races and showing his speed, class, and heart once again to easily wire the field in today’s feature at Gulfstream Park. The Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes was the backdrop for another Presious Passion show. As per usual, he sprinted out to a sizeable advantage, and led his competition on a merry chase. He gives the other horses a little hope as they chip away at his lead on the backstretch and the far turn. Generally this is false hope, and so it was today. When Presious Passion turned for home, jockey Elvis Trujillo knew he had a ton of horse to sprint away from his challengers. The classy turfer Winchester, in receipt of six pounds from the star of the show, gave it his all down the Gulfstream stretch, but never had a chance to catch Passion.

The final margin of 1 ¼ lengths made little matter, because Winchester was not going to go by him if they went around the track again. I have seen this same scenario, Presious Passion opening a large lead and still having plenty left to sprint home to another superlative performance, time an time again, yet it never grows old. Even as I have learned to expect the show, his performances becomes no less fascinating and thrilling. I hope I get a chance to see many more races with Presious Passion out there winging it on the front end.

A Sue Kawczynski Photo

My next opportunity should come in the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic. That’s right, the gorgeous, chestnut gelding will soon be hobnobbing with the Sheikhs of the United Arab Emirates. Talk about a Cinderella story. The 1 ½ mile Dubai Sheema Classic will be run at the brand new Meydan Race Course on March 27. In that race, Passion will face some of the best turf horses from all over the world. I can not tell you for sure that he will win, but I can safely say he is the horse that the rest of the field will have to worry about. You can bet your bottom dollar he will be out and winging on the Meydan turf course. Today, Presious Passion showed that he is in excellent shape and all systems are go for the trip to Dubai.

Presious Passion won the Mac Diarmida Stakes for the second consecutive year. It marked the Mary Hartmann trained gelding's 14th career victory on the grass in 41 starts on the lawn. He his quickly closing in on the $3 million dollar mark in career earnings. A number that will significantly rise with a strong performance in the desert. At seven years young, Presious Passion shows absolutely no signs of slowing down, in fact he seems to be as good, if not better, than ever. His run a few races back in the Breeders’ Cup Turf was full of class, and now today he has returned to his winning ways. I can not imagine I would get any argument in saying that he is an absolute joy to watch run. I will take it one step further…If you don’t like Presious Passion, then you don’t like horse racing.

9 comments:

william said...

always nice to see an oldtimer battling....hope he runs well in dubai,,,true whatyou say if you dont like presious passion

Ciarán said...

the sheema classic...nice. no reason he shudnt go well.

DerbyFan78 said...

Well said ZIPSE and I couldn't agree more.

Ciarán said...

was jus thinking that if it was at nad al sheba this yr, that his running style wud really work. gladiatorus won in pressious passion-fashion in the dubai duty free..and it being a narrow track it helped. it can still work at meydan..

Brian Zipse said...

Thanks guys, and Ciarán, you are right. I consider him a big threat. He should love the nice firm turf and 12 furlong distance...look out world!

LDP said...

PP is such a joy to watch. You almost never see any horse on any surface do what he does. He is amazing and still is so underrated. As of now he is probably one of the best turf horses in the nation, and on a firm course he would even give Gio Ponti a run for his money.

CJ said...

Isn't he a joy to watch? I didn't think Cloudy's Knight would get him (Much as I love Cloudy's Knight!) in the McKnight, but no one expected the jockey on Livingston Street to mistake the race for a sprint and duel with PP for the lead!

Anyway, I'm delighted to see him back on top & excited for his performance in Dubai.

Ernie said...

A ton of personality, nothing not to love about Presious Passion. Deserving of the props

tjreyn01 said...

he is an absolute thrill to watch. Gunning straight to the lead and just wondering....how much will he have left in the tank. Can't wait for Dubai. No doubt about getting his firm turf he so loves there.