By Rab Hagin
Four winners at four different tracks and three different distances on dirt, turf and all-weather during June 7-14 from the first two crops of MISSION IMPAZIBLE have boosted their sire to among the top dozen North American-based 3rd-crop sires in 2018 progeny earnings through the first three weekends of June. Mission Impazible has almost as many winners and races won from his second crop as from his first, whose accomplishments in 2016 had placed him among that year’s top-dozen North American-based 1st-crop sires. Mission Impazible also ranked among the top-dozen North American-based 2nd-crop sires for 2017 and is among 10 stallions that have ranked among the top dozen North American-based 1st-crop sires, 2nd-crop sires, and 3rd-crop sires, respectively, for 2016, 2017, and 2018 (to date).
Winning on June 7 at Churchill Downs was Mission Impazible’s 3-year-old son HONOR MISSION, who races for Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek) under the care of trainer Kenneth McPeek and scored his second one-turn mile victory at that track in 18 days as the favorite among seven. Winning on June 12 at Finger Lakes was Twin Creek Racing Stables, LLC’s and Quarter Pole Club’s semi-homebred Mission Impazible filly, MY MISSION, who came off a 250-day layoff to score her second consecutive victory by almost two lengths at odds-on among seven going 5½ furlongs. Breaking her maiden from the tenth post against 11 going six furlongs on Belmont turf on June 13 was Jim Caterbone’s 3-year-old Mission Impazible filly, SCRIPTED, who despite brushing the starting gate, dropping back to tenth, and altering course four times got up to win in 1:09.51. Scoring his first all-weather track victory on Presque Isle Downs’ Tapeta surface on June 14 was Chester and Mary Broman’s 3-year-old homebred son of Mission Impazible, FORWARD MOTION, who also has won on Aqueduct turf and “drew clear” at odds-on among seven 3-year-olds and up going six furlongs.