01/09/2011 4:09PM

Presious Passion hard to stop in morning work

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Bob Coglianese
Presious Passion was credited with a one-mile work in 1:43.80 on turf Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Presious Passion was scheduled to work a mile over the Gulfstream Park turf Sunday morning, but after the multiple Grade 1 winner had completed the distance, he just kept going and going and going.

By the time jockey Elvis Trujillo got Presious Passion slowed down, he had breezed what trainer Mary Hartmann estimated to be about 1 1/2 miles. Timing turf workouts is an inexact science to begin with at Gulfstream Park, where the dogs are set out almost to the outside fence in the morning, so the clockers officially credited Presious Passion with a mile in 1:43.80.

“He was only supposed to go a mile, but that was all right,” Hartmann said. “I knew when I put Elvis on him that he might have a problem getting him stopped, but I was glad to see him so into it and so happy out there.”

Presious Passion is coming off a disappointing performance in his 2010 finale, when finishing a tiring fourth in Calder’s W.L. McKnight Handicap, a race that he had already won twice. Unfortunately for Hartmann, heavy rain forced the McKnight off the grass and onto a sloppy main track.

“He needed to run, so I ran him, and he really didn’t like that track,” Hartmann said. “I was going to send him to Santa Anita for the Sunshine Millions, but it’s raining so much out there I need a Plan B, and there is an allowance race here before the Sunshine Millions that I might try instead.”

Presious Passion topped a Gulfstream Park work tab Sunday that also included First Dude (six furlongs in 1:13.07), Dry Martini (five furlongs in 1:01.11), and Stradavinsky (five furlongs in 59.40 seconds on the turf).

Hilda’s Passion was the star of the Palm Meadows workout tab on Sunday, working a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.

“She’s training well and on schedule for the Sugar Swirl next weekend,” trainer Todd Pletcher said of Hilda’s Passion.