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T J's Passion Breaks Maiden in First Asking

May 09, 2011 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

Patience is a virtue. Our patience paid off on Saturday when our three-year-old son of Johar, T J’s Passion broke his maiden in impressive fashion on the lawn at Golden Gate Fields.

Click here to see the race replay.

WPT gave this horse some time to develop and mature on the farm during his two-year-old year. “He was pretty immature and had that two turn, turf loving look to him” said WPT president Terry Finley. “Most people want to see their horse run as a two-year-old, but we saw this horse as one that would only get better with time.”

After working through some minor issues earlier this year, T J’s Passion made the wait worthwhile, charging home to win the one mile contest under jockey Aaron Gryder.

“What an effort,” said trainer Craig Dollase. “You never know what to expect from a maiden, especially with a first timer around two turns. He just kept on running and even pulled away from them near the wire.”

You could tell jockey Aaron Gryder was impressed with the effort when he gave T J’s Passion a huge pat crossing the wire. “This horse was so professional,” said Gryder. “He broke well, stalked the pace, took control, and never looked back.”

T J’s Passion earned $16,800 in his maiden breaking score. Look for him to run back later this month at either Golden Gate Fields or Hollywood Park.

Congratulations to his Partners!
athanks Julie for photo. You take great picturs Peggy
Thanks Peggy! So glad I was there to share that special moment with all of you.
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