By Rab Hagin
MISSION IMPAZIBLE picked up his latest six-figure-earner when his juvenile son, INALIENABLE RIGHTS, placed second in Belmont’s $150,000-guaranteed Bertram F. Bongard Stakes at seven furlongs on Friday, September 22, for that debut-winning colt’s second consecutive runner-up stakes effort on the NYRA circuit in four weeks. That performance had been preceded by a third-placing among seven in Finger Lakes’ $117,263 Aspirant Stakes on September 9 by another 2-year-old son of Mission Impazible, never-unplaced (in four starts) COLLECTIVE EFFORT. Inalienable Rights already has earned more than the $102,000 that his owner, Alan Brodsky, had paid for the colt at Fasig-Tipton’s 2016 Saratoga sale of New York-bred preferred yearlings. Collective Effort, purchased by Loudmouth Racing, LLC for $72,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s April 2017 sale of 2-year-olds and campaigned in partnership with Dark Horse Racing Stable, missed second by a nose in the six-furlong Aspirant and beat the odds-on favorite by a length at equal weights.
Mission Impazible, whose 2017 progeny earnings from two racing age crops is approaching $1.1-million, now ranks among the top seven living North American-based juvenile sires for 2017 and is the only one of that top-seven standing outside of Kentucky.
Three of Mission Impazible’s 3-year-olds from his first crop won by multiple-length margins in the interim between Labor Day and the Autumn Equinox: the filly IMPAZIBLE ANGELA at Finger Lakes on September 6, followed by SHIPTHEGRIP and MISSION TRIP on September 18 at Parx Racing and Finger Lakes respectively. Impazible Angela, a semi-homebred campaigned by Sequel Racing, scored by six lengths over the odds-on runner-up as the youngest in her six-furlong contest, notching her third victory just 18 days after having registered her second win. Shipthegrip, owned and trained by Marya Montoya, romped by 4¼ lengths as the favorite among eight while breaking from the seventh post at a mile and 70 yards, becoming Mission Impazible’s fourth repeat winner of 2017. Mission Trip, a homebred for Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC and favored at near even-money despite being the only 3-year-old among 11 starters going six furlongs, scored by three lengths for his third victory in six starts in 2017.