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Presious Passion Wins US Gr1 Clement Hirsch Memorial
Also in the US, 6YO gelding Presious Passion (Royal Anthem-Princesa's Passion, by Marquetry) scored a front-running 2.5-lengths victory in the US$300,000 Gr1 Clement Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship (10 furlongs on turf) at Santa Anita Park in California. Presious Passion (ridden by Elvis Trujillo for trainer Mary Hartmann) defeated UK-bred 5YO gelding Medici Code (Medicean-Fiveofive, by Fairy King) & 7YO gelding Spring House (Chester House-Spring Star, by Itajara). Presious Passion took his record to 13 wins (also including July's Gr1 United Nations Handicap over 11 furlongs at Monmouth Park for the 2nd successive year, plus June's Listed Monmouth Stakes over 9 furlongs at Monmouth Park & February's Gr2 Mac Diarmida Handicap over 11 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, as well as 2008's Gr2 McKnight Handicap over 12 furlongs at Calder & Gr3 Pan American Handicap over 12 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, in addition to 2007's Gr2 McKnight Handicap over 12 furlongs at Calder & Gr3 Cliff Hanger Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Meadowlands, plus 2006's Listed Jersey Derby over 8.5 furlongs at Monmouth Park) & 8 placings (including March's Listed Pan American Handicap over 10 furlongs at Gulfstream Park & January's Listed Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2008's Listed Shotintheheart Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Gulfstream Park & Listed Battlefield Stakes over 9 furlongs at Monmouth Park, in addition to 2007's Listed Bob Harding Stakes over 8 furlongs at Monmouth Park) from 41 starts for US$2,032,018 earnings.