MISSION IMPAZIBLE continued as one of the top dozen North American-based third-crop sires of 2018 through May, highlighted by allowance-winning sons ETHAN HUNT ($226,803) on Belmont turf on May 25 and SPECTACULAR KID on dirt in Finger Lakes’ Saturday open allowance feature on May 19. Seven other offspring from Mission Impazible’s first and second crops broke their maidens – four on turf and three on dirt – at Belmont (three) and Gulfstream Parks, Churchill Downs, Penn National, and Delaware Park. The Mission Impazibles won at seven different distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles.
Multiple stakes-placed Ethan Hunt scored his first turf victory in a blistering 1:07.66 for six furlongs on Belmont’s inner course in a $65,000 allowance that marked his first outing on a fast grass surface, beating the turf graded-placed runner-up and five other rivals – two of them also stakes-placed. Owned by Calm and Cool Stable and G and A Racing Stable, the gray colt also has won on Aqueduct’s outer (muddy) and inner dirt tracks and on Belmont’s main track.
Multiple stakes-placed Spectacular Kid, a 3-year-old owned by Alex Kazdan, scored “under wraps” by almost two lengths at five furlongs from the outside post among eight starters, 3-year-olds and up, 27 days after having placed second in Aqueduct’s New York Stallion Times Square Stakes. It was his first win on a wet track.
Breaking their maidens on Belmont turf were Mission Impazible runners HOKULEA at seven furlongs in 1:22.65 on May 5, SKYLER’S LIL CUTIE at six furlongs in 1:08.67 on May 6, and multiple stakes-placed COLLECTIVE EFFORT ($134,163) at 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.40 in a $62,000 maiden special on May 26. Hokulea, a May-foaled 3-year-old owned by Susan Moulton, beat 11 rivals from the ninth post. Skyler’s Lil Cutie, a filly racing for SJB Stable and Marcello Micozzi, tallied by three lengths in her 2018 debut as the favorite among 11. Collective Effort, a multiple stakes-placed 3-year-old owned by Loudmouth Racing, LLC and Dark Horse Racing Stable who has won/placed in 10 of 11 starts (seven on dirt, four on turf) and never finished worse than fourth, scored by 3¼ lengths as the favorite among eight starters.
Mission Impazible’s other May maiden-breakers were SUBTLE GRACE at about 7½ furlongs on Gulfstream turf, May 13; HONOR MISSION at a one-turn Churchill Downs dirt mile, May 20; MSMISSIONCOMPLETE at six furlongs on Penn National dirt, May 25; ISSUE A WARRANT at 5½ furlongs on Delaware Park dirt, May 30. Subtle Grace, a homebred filly racing for Teresa and David J. Palmer, charged from last at the break and still last among 11 with only about 3½ furlongs to go to prevail at the wire. Honor Mission, a 3-year-old colt owned by Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek) and trained by Kenneth McPeek, “drew off” by five lengths as the favorite among eight. Msmissioncomplete, a Pennsylvania-bred owned by Morris E. Kernan, Jr., beat six rivals in a maiden special for open 3-year-old fillies after breaking on top and then dropping back to next-to-last before making her big rally. Issue a Warrant, a filly racing for Robert D. Bone and Wayward Farm, led by multiple-length margins at all calls and scored by 3¾ lengths against seven rivals.