By Rab Hagin
An Aqueduct allowance win by MISSION COMMAND ($120,498), stakes-placings by Grade 2 winner PURE SILVER ($286,367) and open maiden special winner SPECTACULAR KID, and a five-length maiden-breaking romp by SHE’S DELIGHTFUL have boosted MISSION IMPAZIBLE to among 2017’s top-13 and top-16 living North American-based second-crop sires and juvenile sires, respectively. With 2017 juvenile progeny earnings well over $1-million, Mission Impazible is the only stallion ranked among the 25 leading North American juvenile sires – living or dead and regardless of location – standing for less than $15,000 U.S. or $10,000 Canadian ($7,776). He is the leading New York-based juvenile sire and second-crop sire for 2017, with total progeny earnings of more than $2.4-million.
Mission Command, a late-foaled (May 15, 2014) 3-year-old colt owned by John P. Fort’s Peachtree Stable, scored by two lengths as the favorite and the youngest among 11 starters, 3-year-olds and up, going six furlongs in a $57,000 off-the-turf Aqueduct allowance on December 9. An October 2¾-length winner on Belmont turf in his second start off an 11-month layoff, Mission Command registered his first tally on wet (“good”) dirt in his latest victory, which he accomplished despite racing four-and-five-wide for most of the race. His rivals included the offspring of a $50,000-fee sire.
Pure Silver, top-weighted in her first wet track outing in Aqueduct’s $150,000 New York Stallion Fifth Avenue Stakes at six furlongs on Saturday, December 16, hit the starting gate at the break and then bumped with the front-runner before overtaking her competition (one of them odds-on) in the stretch. She missed by about an inch on a head-bob at the wire to a rival carrying four pounds less. The homebred 2-year-old filly races for Randy Gullatt’s Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC.
Spectacular Kid, owned by Alex Kazdan, placed a closing third among seven in his stakes debut in Aqueduct’s $150,000 New York Stallion Great White Way Stakes at six furlongs on Sunday, December 17 while conceding weight to the first two finishers. The late April-foaled 2-year-old was the youngest among the Great White Way’s first four finishers.
She’s Delightful, who broke her maiden by five lengths while coming from the outside post among eight in Aqueduct’s December 17 nightcap for 2-year-old fillies going 6½ furlongs, was Mission Impazible’s 12th juvenile winner of 2017 – easily topping other New York sires in number of 2017 juvenile winners. Owned by William J. Terrill’s Our Sugar Bear Stable LLC, She’s Delightful chased five-and-four-wide before taking command three-sixteenths of a mile from the wire and seemed to appreciate the extra 110 yards in her first effort at beyond six furlongs.