Mission Impazible

Mission Impazible 3YO Filly Nuclear Power Beat Champion Males in Trinidad’s Gold Cup on 12/26/18

Prevailing over two older stakes-winning males – including a 2017 champion – in a three-way stretch battle in Trinidad’s Group 1 NLCB Gold Cup at Santa Rosa on December 26, 3-year-old NUCLEAR POWER scored her first stakes victory, as the MISSION IMPAZIBLE filly beat seven stakes-winning rivals in her first 2,000-meter effort. Nuclear Power has won or placed in all six of her starts (all on dirt) for owner Shivam Maharaj, including a Group 3 Santa Rosa September sprint, but in the Gold Cup (about 1¼ miles), she indicated she was finally learning to relax. The gray Kentucky-bred reportedly is the first filly to win the NLCB Gold Cup – Trinidad’s premier racing event – in 17 years.

Favored at even money in the NLCB Gold Cup was the winner of the 2016 and 2017 renewals of the event – always held the day after Christmas – who also was Trinidad’s Horse of the Year for both those years. Setting the early pace was another Trinidad champion (2017 best male), who blew the first turn and was responsible for Nuclear Power going six-wide (widest of all) before he regained the lead on the backstretch. Despite being carried wide, Nuclear Power was always in contention and eventually gained command and angled over to the rail on the latter half of the second turn. She was headed in mid-stretch by another stakes-winning older male and looked like she might place a close and creditable third, but she pushed her head back in front and reached the wire leading by a neck, with her two closest pursuers almost in a dead heat. There were multiple-length margins back to the other finishers.

Nuclear Power went through three auctions prior to going to Trinidad – as a Keeneland weanling in November of 2015, a Fasig-Tipton yearling in October of 2016, and an Ocala Breeders’ Sales 2-year-old in April of 2017 – bringing increased prices as both a yearling and a juvenile. She won her debut in February of 2018 at Santa Rosa by an open margin over seven rivals – 3-year-olds and up and most of them males – going 1,750 meters (about 55 yards short of 1 1/8 miles). In four subsequent 2018 starts on fast and wet Santa Rosa tracks and at various distances, Nuclear Power placed second twice and third twice, including the Group 3 Carib Brand Diamond Stakes at 1,350 meters (about 55 yards short of seven furlongs). She appeared better than ever at 2,000 meters.

Nuclear Power was among five winners and three stakes winners to represent Mission Impazible in December of 2018.

 

Mission Impazible Led Northeastern 3rd-Crop Sires in 2018 - Boosted by 2 New 2YO Big A SWs in December

MISSION IMPAZIBLE, leading Northeastern (and New York) first-crop sire in 2016, second-crop sire in 2017, and third-crop sire in 2018, got an additional boost in December by new 2-year-old stakes-winning third-crop daughters (and new six-figure-earners), FORGOTTEN HERO and ESPRESSO SHOT, at Aqueduct on December 15 and 29 respectively. Forgotten Hero, co-owned by trainer John Toscano Jr. and by her co-breeder, Charles E. Festa Jr., won the $150,000 New York Stallion Fifth Avenue Stakes over the 1-to-2 runner-up – a three-time stakes winner – for her second decisive victory over a heavy favorite in two starts. Espresso Shot, owned by NY Final Furlong Racing Stable and Maspeth Stable, romped by 3¼ lengths against nine rivals in the $100,600 East View Stakes after having placed second among 12 (at 20-to-1) in Aqueduct’s $100,000 Key Cents Stakes 36 days earlier.

With 2018 progeny earnings of $2,761,031 and cumulative offspring earnings of more than $5.2-million through 2018, Mission Impazible was the only top-15 North American-based third-crop sire of 2018 represented by fewer than 100 starters. Mission Impazible’s impressive first crop already has been surpassed in number of wins by his second crop, which includes 9½-length Saratoga Grade 2 winner PURE SILVER and recent (December 26) Trinidad stakes winner NUCLEAR POWER. His third crop of current just-turned 3-year-olds appears at this stage to be even further along than his first two crops.

The unbeaten (two-for-two) Forgotten Hero was the only starter among six in the six-furlong Fifth Avenue coming off only one previous outing – a 5½-length laugher against seven rivals, including the near even-money runner-up, 41 days earlier in a six-furlong $62,000 Aqueduct maiden special. Finishing second, third, and fourth in the Fifth Avenue were previous daylight-margin stakes winners at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga. Trainer and co-owner Toscano sensed Forgotten Hero was exceptional but was unaware of the extent: “The first time we breezed her, she looked like something special. From day one, she really showed a lot of ability. The second quarter (when Forgotten Hero overtook the odds-on front-runner following a 22.50 opening quarter over a still-wet ‘good’ track), she really took off like a shotgun. It was unbelievable. I didn’t think she was that good, but she really fooled me. She has a lot of talent.”

Winning jockey Michael Luzzi, who also had piloted Forgotten Hero in her debut victory, confirmed Toscano’s assessment and implied Forgotten Hero will get better: “I had a lot left heading for home. She’s still a little bit green; she looks around a little bit still. She’s got some improving to do.”

Espresso Shot, the youngest among ten in the one-turn mile East View (foaled April 28, 2016, and the only East View starter foaled after March), advanced four-wide from sixth place out of the seventh post under a “confident ride” by jockey Eric Cancel over the muddy going. At the quarter pole she was head-and-head with the eventual runner-up pacesetter, and by mid-stretch she was two lengths in front and drawing away. Her favored rival that had won Aqueduct’s six-furlong Key Cents Stakes over closing runner-up Espresso Shot on November 23 tried to match strides with the frontrunner but faded after Espresso Shot overtook them both in the upper stretch.

Winning jockey Cancel, who has ridden Espresso Shot in the filly’s last two outings, was effusive in his praise: “The filly was just dragging me all the way…as soon as I asked her and let her go, she opened up on the field. I think she appreciates going a mile (Espresso Shot had won a 1 1/16-mile Belmont maiden special by 2½ lengths in September). She likes to be up close going long…”

In between the December Aqueduct stakes wins by Forgotten Hero and Espresso Shot, a 3-year-old daughter of Mission Impazible, previously-mentioned Nuclear Power, won Trinidad’s Group 1 NLCB Gold Cup at Santa Rosa Park on December 26 over seven rivals that included three champions (one two-time Horse of the Year). Owned by Shivam Maharaj, Kentucky-bred Nuclear Power faced mostly older males in the 2,000-meter (about 1¼ miles) Gold Cup on dirt and has won or placed in all six of her starts, including a Group 3 sprint, since winning her career debut at Santa Rosa last February. She reportedly is the first filly to win the Gold Cup – Trinidad’s most prestigious racing event – in 17 years.

Two talented sons from Mission Impazible’s second crop are COLLECTIVE EFFORT ($184,195) and SPECTACULAR KID ($141,370), who each have placed in four black type stakes – three on dirt plus Belmont’s 2018 seven-furlong New York Stallion Spectacular Bid on turf, where they finished second and third behind a stakes record 1:21.07. Collective Effort races for Loudmouth Racing, LLC, Dark Horse Racing Stable and Madaket Stables LLC; Spectacular Kid campaigns for Alex Kazdan. Another standout from that crop is Mission Impazible’s 2018 stakes-placed daughter, STARLITE MISSION ($213,543), who won a $62,000 Belmont maiden special mile in front-running fashion in July and captured a six-furlong $67,504 Aqueduct allowance from off the pace (and at odds-on) on December 14. Starlite Mission, who in her career stakes debut as a 3-year-old placed second among 11 (behind a near 1-to-2 older multiple graded-winning millionaire) in Aqueduct’s $130,563 New York Stallion Staten Island Stakes at seven furlongs in November, races for John L. Moirano, Monty Foss, Pines Stables and Bob Chimienti.

Mission Impazible’s other 2018 allowance winners since August, all 3-year-olds, listed chronologically:

TROFFISSIO, racing for Wanda Polisseni’s My Purple Haze Stables, she won second and third career starts in July and August – both at six furlongs on dirt – by 4¼ lengths against 11 at Belmont and by open margin on sloppy track in open Finger Lakes allowance feature against seven, including older rivals.

SHE’S DELIGHTFUL ($132,858), multiple allowance winner in 2018 for William J. Terrill’s Our Sugar Bear Stable LLC, she scored by six lengths in six-furlong $67,353 Belmont allowance for fillies and mares on dirt in September for her third open-margin victory in less than a year.

BARELY IMPAZIBLE, he became a six-figure-earner in four starts for Doubledown Stables, Inc., winning a 6½-furlong $64,614 Belmont allowance for 3-year-olds and up by 4½ lengths in September at odds-on as that contest’s youngest starter; has two multiple-margin wins and two seconds in four career outings.

BEN Z ROLLS, homebred black type stakes winner in June of 2018 for Joseph L. Maloney Racing, he scored second victory of 2018 and fourth career tally in a six-furlong Finger Lakes open allowance in October, in which he was the only 3-year-old competing and won by a length and a half.

ANYTHING PAZIBLE, three-time winner in 2018 has scored on fast and wet tracks, he won six-furlong open allowance feature for 3-year-olds and up at Finger Lakes for owner-trainer Carlos V. Dominguez in November, overtaking odds-on runner-up son of $125,000-fee sire at equal weights following slow start.

Mission Impazible’s other winners since July 2018, listed chronologically:

MISS JEN, 3-year-old filly of 2018 racing for Anthony M. Perri, winner on dirt and turf, won $55,200 turf mile contest at Belmont by open margin in 1:33.64 in July.

MY MISSION, completed 1-2 exacta for Mission Impazible fillies going six furlongs at Finger Lakes in July; had four consecutive wins for breeder Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC and co-owner Quarter Pole Club.

MISS IMPAZIBLE, 3-year-old filly scored wins 16 days apart in July and August (as youngest) going mile and 70 yards at Penn National for Carguys Racing LLC – both times odds-on, by multiple-length margins.

HOKULEA, May-foaled 3-year-old racing for Susan Moulton, he won in 2018 on Belmont turf (seven furlongs in 1:22.65) and Saratoga dirt (six furlongs) in August, becoming six-figure-earner in December.

MSMISSIONCOMPLETE, 3-year-old filly won three times at six furlongs on dirt in 2018 for Morris E. Kernan Jr., including $34,970 contest at Parx Racing as the favorite in September.

MISSIMPAZI, 3-year-old filly romped by 7½ lengths at odds-on going 5½ furlongs at Finger Lakes for owner-breeder Wanda Polisseni’s My Purple Haze Stables in September, scoring second victory of 2018.

HARDLY MATE, Maxis Stable’s 2018 Aqueduct turf allowance winner became six-figure-earning filly by closing from ninth place to beat ten rivals in grass mile contest (in 1:35.71) at Indiana Grand in October.

AMERICAN MISSION, May-foaled 3-year-old filly was sire’s second Indiana Grand winner in two days in October, winning at 5½ furlongs on dirt for Marvin A. Johnson (trainer), Gene McCloud, Gene Penrose.

ARMY GREY, he scored four wins for Robert D. Bone by multiple margins totaling 16 lengths at Laurel and Delaware Parks in 79-day span from late July to mid-October 2018 – the last two under top weight.

DANIELLE’S PRIDE, she won on Saratoga dirt (1 1/8 miles) in August and on Belmont turf (top-weighted against ten rivals at a mile) in October, becoming six-figure-earner for Youngs Racing Stable.

ROGUE NATION, 3-year-old won his second and third starts in 2018 on dirt for E.V. Racing Stable and trainer/co-owner Rudy Rodriguez – at Belmont by 5¼ lengths, at Aqueduct by four lengths in November.

CUMBER, 3-year-old Oaklawn Park maiden-breaker in 2018, he came off six-week layoff to win 2019 debut by 3½ lengths against ten at 5½ furlongs on Mahoning Valley dirt for Gerald Silver on January 9.

WHO’S DRIVING, he won six-furlong sprints four weeks apart at Parx (December 17, January 14) by open margins in second and third career starts – the latter for Pat and Ron Scorese as a just-turned 3-year-old.

 

Mission Impazible’s maiden-breakers since late June of 2018, listed chronologically, included:

EIGHT OAKS, she won at Belmont for NY Final Furlong Racing Stable, breeders Tammy/Anthony Cabrera.

ICY LADY, juvenile filly won Delaware Park maiden special debut by 2½ lengths for Old Coach Farm, July.

SINGLE MISSION, homebred filly won by six at Delaware Park for Twin Creeks Racing Stables, August.

RUNNIN FOR DACE, 3-year-old won by 3¼ against eight for DB DOJO LLC, Presque Isle Downs, October.

SMOKIN PLATINUM, Thomas Arndt’s 3-year-old won Belmont dirt maiden special (6F 1:09.63), October.

AMBITION MISSION, Balmoral Racing Stable’s 3-year-old won at Delaware Park, 1 1/16 miles, October.

MISSION GOOD KARMA, she won by 2¼ for owner-trainer Chuck Spina at Penn National, November.

PAZ THE WINE, she beat ten by 2¼ going six furlongs at Laurel for High Five Racing Stable, November.

INFATUATION, Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ homebred juvenile filly won debut at Aqueduct, November.

Mission Impazible’s 3YO Son Ben Z Rolls Wins Stakes Debut in Finger Lakes’ Black Type Ontario County

By Rab Hagin

Joseph L. Maloney Racing’s homebred BEN Z ROLLS scored his third victory in four starts in his stakes debut in Finger Lakes’ black type Ontario County Stakes for 3-year-olds going six furlongs on Monday, June 25, as the MISSION IMPAZIBLE colt charged from last to first in the final quarter-mile. Making his second start off a six-month layoff, the intriguing chestnut was completely overlooked by the wagering public and trailed all his rivals by multiple lengths until looping three-to-four wide through the turn. Ben Z Rolls is the 27th winner in 2018 from two crops to race sired by Mission Impazible, whose progeny earnings for the year already have topped $1,112,000. Mission Impazible’s cumulative progeny earnings from those two crops are now approaching $3.6-million.

Ben Z Rolls had won first-out against six rivals as a 2-year-old last November, scoring a stalking victory by 3¾ lengths over the odds-on runner-up while going 5½ furlongs at Finger Lakes. He was back a week later at Finger Lakes in a six-furlong allowance for open 2-year-olds, going gate-to-wire to tally by a length and a half as the second choice among six, which included a recent stakes runner-up. A six-month winter layoff followed, and Ben Z Rolls returned to competition as a 3-year-old on May 22 in a 5½-furlong Finger Lakes allowance for open 3-year-olds and up on a sloppy track, running well late in a fourth-place effort that had the earmarks of a workout. Largely dismissed in the Ontario County, Ben Z Rolls rolled by his rivals in the stretch like they were beneath his league, and he was ready to go longer.

Other 3-year-old sons of Mission Impazible finishing strongly in recent stakes were COLLECTIVE EFFORT and SPECTACULAR KID, who placed second and third, respectively, among ten in Belmont’s $100,000 New York Stallion Spectacular Bid for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs on turf on Sunday, June 24. Collective Effort, who races for Loudmouth Racing, LLC and Dark Horse Racing Stable, lunged at the start and hit the gate, breaking next-to-last and immediately conceding four lengths to his rivals. He was only up to seventh-place with a quarter-mile to go but then overtook five rivals to place second, boosting his earnings to $154,163. Collective Effort was multiple stakes-placed on dirt as a 2-year-old before winning a $62,000 Belmont maiden special at 1 1/16 miles on turf by 3¼ lengths in a stakes-caliber 1:40.40 on Memorial Day weekend.

Spectacular Kid, Alex Kazdan’s versatile runner, was sixth with a quarter-mile to go in the Spectacular Bid and passed four rivals in the stretch to place third. Like Collective Effort, he also is multiple stakes-placed (at Aqueduct) on dirt and most recently had won a five-furlong Finger Lakes allowance for open 3-year-olds and up on a wet track in May. In Spectacular Kid’s turf debut three weeks prior to the Spectacular Bid in a $65,000 Belmont allowance at seven furlongs, he had placed third among eight (on firm turf) while running more than a full second slower than his subsequent Spectacular Bid clocking.

Mission Impazible’s first crop (foals of 2014) had placed him among the top-dozen North American-based first-crop sires of 2016 based on Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings, but his second-crop runners have won almost as many races and earned about the same amount of money as his first-crop runners. Offspring from Mission Impazible’s third crop are 2-year-olds of 2018.

Mission Impazible’s Winners at 4 Tracks on Dirt, Turf & Synthetic During June 7-14 Boost His Numbers

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.

Mission Impazible's Runners Win Allowances on Turf & Dirt - 7 Break Their Maidens During May

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.

Mission Impazible’s 6 April Winners & Big A SP Put Him in Top-Dozen North American 3rd-Crop Sires

April 25, 2018

Six winners – four on dirt and two on turf – at four different distances from 4½ furlongs to 1 1/16 miles plus a stakes runner-up at Aqueduct during a 16-day span in April have boosted MISSION IMPAZIBLE to among the top dozen North American third crop sires for 2018. From two crops to race, millionaire runner Mission Impazible has sired the earners of more than $3.1-million, including black-type stakes winners representing both crops. Mission Impazible’s 44 starters in 2018 – while not a small number – represent the fewest runners for any of North America’s top-12 third-crop sires in the current season.

Launching the string of Mission Impazible’s April winners was his daughter HARDLY MATE, favored winner among seven in a $66,000 Aqueduct allowance going 1 1/16 miles on still-wet turf on April 8 while racing for Maxis Stable. A 4-year-old filly from Mission Impazible’s first crop, Hardly Mate covered her final sixteenth of a mile in under six seconds (5.94) despite the less-than-fast “good” grass course.

Becoming an Aqueduct 2018 repeat winner was another Mission Impazible filly, Woodland Farms’ recently-acquired DREAMS ARE PAZIBLE ($114,390), the co-topweight among six going six furlongs in a $57,000 contest on the Big A’s main track on April 13 while spotting weight to the two top choices. The 3-year-old filly from Mission Impazible’s second crop has won four races at three different distances.

Scoring his third victory in four starts in his 2018 debut was Mission Impazible’s second-crop son, DOUBLE NAUGHT SPY, who beat the odds-on runner-up in a 5½-furlong Laurel Park sprint on April 22 as the only 3-year-old among seven starters while racing for Winning Way Racing Stable.

Three 3-year-olds by Mission Impazible broke their maidens during April 18-23: son FORWARD MOTION in a $62,000 Aqueduct maiden special going six furlongs on wet turf, April 18; son ANYTHING PAZIBLE going six furlongs on Aqueduct’s main track, April 20; daughter MISSIMPAZIgoing 4½ furlongs at Finger Lakes, April 23. Forward Motion, a homebred for five-time champion New York breeders Chester and Mary Broman, won by a length and a half against nine rivals, including the favored runner-up, sprinting a fastest-of-all final furlong over the still-wet “good” turf course in 11.56. Anything Pazible, racing for Edward Boden’s Drawing Away Stable, beat nine rivals from the ninth post after tucking in four-wide through the turn. Missimpazi, a homebred for Wanda Polisseni’s My Purple Haze Stables, was odds-on from the outside post in a Finger Lakes maiden special and spotted multiple lengths to most of her rivals before running them down in the stretch while looking like she is ready to go longer.

Placing second in Aqueduct’s $100,000 guaranteed New York Stallion Times Square Stakes for New York-conceived 3-year-olds going 6½ furlongs on April 22 was Mission Impazible’s son, SPECTACULAR KID, who had to change course behind a wall of rivals in the upper stretch before getting clear in the final furlong. Owned by Alex Kazdan, Spectacular Kid is now multiple stakes-placed. The Times Square was Spectacular Kid’s first effort beyond six furlongs.

Two juveniles from Mission Impazible’s third crop have been cataloged for the Wednesday, April 25 session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s spring sale of 2-year-olds. They are Hip No. 473, from the family of a Kentucky Oaks winner and boasting a pre-sale furlong workout of 10 2/5 seconds, and Hip No. 543, a full brother to Mission Impazible’s multiple stakes-placed winner PAZ THE BOURBON and a half-brother to a graded-winning then-3-year-old colt. Hip No. 543, despite being a May foal, worked a pre-sale furlong in 10-flat. Both are cataloged as registered New York-breds.

Mission Impazible’s Runners Break Maidens at Oaklawn and Gulfstream Parks and Big A in Late March

March 26, 2018

By Rab Hagin

Runners from the first two crops of MISSION IMPAZIBLE – bred in three different states – broke their maidens by open margins on dirt and turf at Oaklawn Park, Gulfstream Park, and Aqueduct during an eight-day span in late March, scoring decisively at three different distances. Mission Impazible continues to lead New York-based third-crop sires in 2018 after having ranked as the Empire State’s leading first-crop sire of 2016 and leading second-crop sire of 2017 – both by wide margins – as well as New York’s leading juvenile sire of 2017.

Beating eight rivals at six furlongs on dirt at Oaklawn Park on March 18 was CUMBER, Clark O. Brewster’s 3-year-old Oklahoma homebred son of Mission Impazible. Five days later, on March 23, another 3-year-old colt from Mission Impazible’s second crop, Kentucky-bred BIG POSSIBLE, scored by 2¼ lengths over the runner-up favorite at Gulfstream Park, clocking 56.48 for five furlongs on turf for JCA Racing Stable LLC. Two days later, on Sunday, March 25, Mission Impazible filly IMPAZIBLE CREEK romped by 9½ lengths at odds-on among seven going 6½ furlongs on Aqueduct dirt for Whisper Hill Farm LLC – despite being bumped at the start by an eventually unplaced longshot.

Mission Impazible’s February dirt winners included 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly NUCLEAR POWER, who won first-out against seven rivals, 3-year-olds and up and most of them males, by a daylight margin while racing 1,750 meters (about midway between 1 1/16 and 1 1/8 miles) at Santa Rosa in Trinidad on February 8. Owned by Shivam Maharaj, Nuclear Power had been purchased at auction as a weanling, yearling, and 2-year-old in training for increasingly higher prices at Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky, and Ocala Breeders’ Sales. Another 3-year-old Mission Impazible filly, DREAMS ARE PAZIBLE, won by 2½ lengths as the odds-on topweight going 6½ furlongs on Aqueduct mud on February 23 and has scored at three different distances for owner-breeder Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC, of which Steve Davidson is the primary owner.

Mission Impazible’s Unbeaten Midnight Mission Wins $57K Big A Allowance 22 Days After MSW Score

February 20, 2018

By Rab Hagin

Unbeaten MIDNIGHT MISSION overcame a bumpy, next-to-last break to score his second Aqueduct victory in 22 days on a muddy, un-sealed track on Presidents’ Day Monday, February 19, as the odds-on son of MISSION IMPAZIBLE captured a $57,000 allowance despite conceding weight to the runner-up son of a $100K-fee sire. A homebred for Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC of primary owner Steve Davidson, Midnight Mission had to sprint his opening quarter-mile in 23-flat over the sluggish surface to take command in the six-furlong contest for six starters, and he continued leading thereafter. Written race conditions suggested the contest had been carded for a rival that already had gone through his non-winners-of-two condition – a multiple stakes runner-up and six-figure-earning son of an Eclipse Champion sire of multiple Grade 1 winners. However, that well-credentialed colt was never a factor.

A full brother to Grade 2-winning filly PURE SILVER ($286,367) – also a Twin Creeks Racing Stables homebred – Midnight Mission boosted the first-crop earnings for current third-crop sire Mission Impazible to more than $1.7-million. Mission Impazible’s second crop already has earned more than another million, putting Mission Impazible’s total progeny earnings from two crops at over $2.7-million to date. Mission Impazible was the leading New York-based first-crop sire of 2016, the leading New York-based second-crop sire and juvenile sire of 2017 and is the leading New York-based third-crop sire (although his third crop of newly-minted 2-year-olds has not yet produced any starters) of 2018.