Mission Impazible Extends His Margins as NY’s Leading Juvenile Sire & Leading 2nd-Crop Sire for 2017

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By Rab Hagin

Leading New York juvenile sire and second-crop sire MISSION IMPAZIBLE extended his leads in those categories when his 2-year-old son, DOUBLE NAUGHT SPY, won first-out at Laurel Park on October 28 and his 2-year-old daughter, DREAMS ARE PAZIBLE, won a Finger Lakes allowance for open juvenile fillies on November 2. Double Naught Spy, who races for Top Hat Thoroughbreds, was one of only two first-time starters among ten juveniles going 5½ furlongs, which included the son of a current top-three North American juvenile sire whose fee has been raised to $100,000. Dreams Are Pazible, a homebred for Randy Gullatt’s Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC, was top-weighted and nearly even-money for her “ridden out” tally at 5½ furlongs in the slop, scoring her second win in 36 days and first on a wet track.

Double Naught Spy, who advanced from fourth, took command in the deep stretch after switching leads and drew clear at the wire, becoming Mission Impazible’s 21st winner of 2017 and eighth 2-year-old winner of the year – two more 2017 juvenile winners than any other New York sire. Dreams Are Pazible joined Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Grade 2-winning 2-year-old filly, PURE SILVER ($236,367), as the second multiple-winning juvenile of 2017 sired by Mission Impazible. Other 2017 juvenile stakes horses sired by Mission Impazible are multiple stakes-placed colts INALIENABLE RIGHTS ($132,200) and COLLECTIVE EFFORT, who in nine collective starts – five in black type stakes events – have yet to finish unplaced. Inalienable Rights races for Alan Brodsky; Collective Effort campaigns for Loudmouth Racing, LLC and Dark Horse Racing Stable. Mission Impazible’s total progeny earnings from two crops are approaching $2.1-million.

Freud’s Sharp Azteca & Tarde O Temprano Just Miss in G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile & G2 Cl. Venezuela

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By Rab Hagin

FREUD 4-year-olds SHARP AZTECA ($1,306,740) and TARDE O TEMPRANO narrowly missed victories while placing second in the Grade 1 Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Del Mar and the Group 2 Clasico Venezuela at Palermo in Argentina, respectively – about an hour apart on Friday, November 3. Both efforts were on dirt. Highlighting Freud’s versatility, the Dirt Mile was around two turns, and the Venezuela for fillies and mares was at about five furlongs (1,000 meters) with no turns (straightaway).

Sharp Azteca’s Dirt Mile earnings of $170,000 boosted Freud’s 2017 Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings past $5.3-million, breaking Freud’s own record of $5,272,806 in annual progeny earnings for a New York-based sire, which he set in 2013 to break the previous record set in 2000.

Gelfenstein Farm’s Sharp Azteca, facing nine rivals by some of the world’s top sires, broke on top from the third post and led to the final furlong, though his second and third quarter-mile splits were uncharacteristically slow, both slipping above 24 seconds in what might have been a tactical miscalculation. Through the final quarter-mile, Sharp Azteca dueled with a 3-year-old Del Mar stakes winner who probably benefited from a three-pound age allowance, finishing short by a half-length while more than four lengths ahead of the third-place finisher. Paco Lopez, Sharp Azteca’s jockey in the colt’s last four outings, acknowledged the race had not unfolded as hoped: “I didn’t want to go to the lead, but my horse broke sharp…I had to go to the lead,” Lopez revealed, explaining his mount’s first quarter-mile in a taxing 22.94. “The horse tried all the way. He kept running but just got caught.”

Trainer Jorge Navarro confirmed the dilemma: “When the four horse (the 67.80-to-1 last choice who broke just outside of Sharp Azteca and eventually finished seventh) went by, it stuck him down on the rail, and he had nowhere to go. But he dug in through the stretch and tried hard. I’m really proud.”

Tarde O Temprano, an Argentine-bred Freud filly racing under the purple and yellow silks of Mingo Y La Maruca Stable, had won four 1,000-meter races at Palermo, including her debut, before trying group competition in her last two outings on October 7 and November 3, placing second in both. In the Venezuela, she faced six rivals and missed winning by a nose in the blistering time of 55.72.

Freud also had three homebred winners in New York and another winner in Peru in the first two days of November: daughters AQUARIUS and HYPNOTICA on November 1 and son BORROWED DREAMS on November 2 – all at Finger Lakes – and son MR. CONNERY on November 1 at Monterrico in Lima. Aquarius, owned by Patricia L. Moseley, won by four lengths over the favored runner-up at equal weights while going six furlongs on a “good” track for her first wet track tally and second score of 2017. Hypnotica, Henry T. Waring’s 3-year-old filly, broke her maiden by four lengths at 10 cents on the dollar in her third start while going six furlongs in the slop, becoming Freud’s 89th Northern Hemisphere winner of 2017. Borrowed Dreams, owner-breeder-trainer Richard J. Lugovich’s converted former sprinter, scored by almost two lengths over the runner-up favorite for his first victory at 1 1/16 miles to become Freud’s 37th Northern Hemisphere repeat winner of 2017. Mr. Connery, racing for Agustin Gabriel Stable, led all the way for his third daylight-margin victory at 1,000 meters on Monterrico dirt.

Freud’s Brilliant 2YO Therapist Goes 3-for-3 – Scores Second Successive Stakes Win in Belmont’s Awad

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By Rab Hagin

Unbeaten THERAPIST ($157,200) got his third victory in his third start under his third jockey in Belmont’s $100,000 Awad Stakes for open 2-year-olds going a virtual one-turn turf mile on Saturday, October 28, which the multiple stakes-winning FREUD colt captured decisively as the youngest among ten starters. A homebred for Richard Leahy’s Oak Bluff Stables, Therapy ran without blinkers, shadow roll, wraps, or medication and appeared to have been the only starter in the Awad – loaded with offspring of North America’s most pricey stallions – without any of those accoutrements. He stalked in fourth place for six furlongs after breaking from the number two post and finally took off in the final 70 yards to score by a length drawing away. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. had wanted to place his mount on the outside for a clear stretch run, but was blocked in until the final furlong, when a slight opening appeared, and Therapist “responded really well” according to Ortiz. “He is a nice horse,” Ortiz added.

Winning trainer and co-breeder Christophe Clement, who apparently was instrumental in deciding to breed Therapist’s dam, Lady Renaissance, to Freud in June of 2014 (Therapist was foaled May 22, 2015), indicated the Awad: “was a great race to stretch him out… He got up very strong… He’s been great.”

Clement had saddled Lady Renaissance for her second victory and only North American tally, a 2006 non-winners-of-two allowance win on Calder turf in her U.S. debut. The mare in November of 2009 was purchased for $15,000 at Keeneland by Oak Bluff Stables (whose owner, Leahy, is co-founder of a financial technology investment firm based in Connecticut) while in foal to a $15,000-fee Kentucky-based stallion. Bred to a series of Kentucky-based stallions standing for fees ranging from $15,000 (now $250,000) to $35,000, Lady Renaissance produced three named offspring – but only one winner and no stakes starters – prior to visiting Freud, whose graded-winning son LUBASH ($1,515,139) Clement was then training for Aliyu Ben J Stables. Lady Renaissance also has a 2017 weanling filly sired by Freud.

Therapist is the first of two 2017 September-October juvenile stakes winners sired by Freud, followed by Robert D. Rosenthal’s and Bradford H. Bernstein’s homebred filly, BERNING ROSE ($223,800).

Winning by 3¾ lengths at a mile on Belmont’s main track three days prior to the Awad (October 25) was Freud’s stakes-winning  CLOUD CONTROL ($146,271), who beat a field of six-figure-earners, including a graded winner, to score his first dirt victory for his owner-breeders, Chester Sr. and Mary Broman. About ten minutes after the Awad and less than 30 miles away, Freud filly FREUDEE beat eight rivals in a five-furlong Meadowlands sprint for her first win on turf, racing for Albert Perrone and Laura Reynolds.

Also winning on October 25 was Freud’s Argentine-bred daughter NEGRITA FREUD, a four-length winner against eight rivals going 1,200 meters (about six furlongs) for her second 2017 score on dirt at San Isidro in Buenos Aires and her first tally of the current season that began in July. Negrita Freud races for “4 de Agosto” (August 4) Stable and has shown an ability to unleash a devastating stretch drive. Four days later (Sunday, October 29) at Monterrico in Peru, Freud’s Argentine-bred FIORAVANTTI scored his second victory there in 16 days and three career starts, drawing off by three lengths against ten rivals going 1,300 meters (about 6½ furlongs) on dirt. Fioravantti races for Dona Licha Stable.

WHY FREUD RANKS AS ONE OF THE MOST VERSATILE SIRES EVER TO STAND IN NORTH AMERICA:

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Through October 28, 2017, FREUD has sired 57 stakes winners that have won 142 events identified as “stakes” – including graded races on dirt, turf, and synthetic. These 142 stakes victories have occurred at 27 tracks in four countries and one commonwealth in two hemispheres, ranging from 5½ furlongs up to 1½ miles. By surface, 70 have been on turf, 67 on dirt, and 5 on synthetic. By age, 22 have been won by 2-year-olds, 47 by 3-year-olds, 27 by 4-year-olds, 30 by 5-year-olds, 4 by 6-year-olds, 8 by 7-year-olds, 3 by an 8-year-old, one by a 9-year-old. On NYRA’s 9 racing strips, 17 of these wins have been on Belmont dirt, 14 on Belmont outer turf, 13 on Belmont inner turf, 8 on Aqueduct outer dirt, 8 on Saratoga inner turf, 6 on Aqueduct’s (late) inner dirt, 4 on Saratoga dirt, 4 on Saratoga outer turf, 2 on Aqueduct turf. Freud is the only sire of stakes winners on all 9 NYRA courses. Listed below are Freud’s 57 stakes winners and the distances, tracks, surfaces, and seasons at, on, and during which their 142 stakes wins occurred.

FRANNY FREUD, filly, 2007

  • Grade 1, 6 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2010
  • Grade 2, 7 furlongs + 184 feet, Keeneland synthetic (Polytrack), 2010
  • 7 furlongs, Belmont Park outer turf, 2010
  • 6½ furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2010
  • 6 furlongs, Woodbine synthetic (Polytrack), 2009
  • 6 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt (muddy), 2009
  • 6 furlongs, Finger Lakes dirt, 2009

 

GIANT RYAN, horse, 2006

  • Grade 1, 6 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt (muddy), 2011
  • Grade 2, 6 furlongs, Calder Race Course dirt (good), 2011
  • 6 furlongs, Calder Race Course dirt, 2011
  • 6 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2011

 

MUST GO ON (ARG), colt, 2011

  • Group 1, 2,400 meters (abt. 1½ miles), turf, San Isidro (Argentina), 2016
  • Group 2, 2,400 meters (abt. 1½ miles), turf, Palermo (Argentina), 2015
  • Group 2, 2,400 meters (abt. 1½ miles), turf, San Isidro (Argentina), 2014

 

ALEX ROSSI (ARG), colt, 2011

  • Group 1, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Monterrico (Peru), 2014
  • 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Monterrico (Peru), 2014
  • 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), dirt, Monterrico (Peru), 2015

 

FUTURE PROSPECT, gelding, 2004

  • Grade 2, 1 1/16 miles, Turfway Park synthetic (Polytrack), 2011
  • 1 1/8 miles, Saratoga dirt, 2009
  • 1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park dirt, 2009

 

ZEIDE ISAAC, colt/horse, 2005

  • Group 2, 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2009
  • Group 2, 2,400 meters (abt. 1½ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2009
  • Group 2, 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2010
  • Group 2, 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2012
  • Group 3, 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2012
  • Group 3, 1,800 meters (abt. 1 1/8 mi.), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2012
  • 1,500 meters (abt. 7½ furlongs), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2010
  • 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2011

 

SHARP AZTECA, colt, 2013

  • Grade 2, mile, Gulfstream Park dirt, 2017
  • Grade 3, 1 1/16 miles, Monmouth Park dirt, 2017 (new track record)
  • Grade 3, mile, Churchill Downs dirt, 2016
  • 7 furlongs, Laurel Park dirt, 2016

 

LUBASH, colt/horse, 2007

  • Grade 3, 1 1/16 miles, Gulfstream Park West turf, 2016
  • Grade 3, 1 1/8 miles, Gulfstream Park West turf (good), 2014
  • Grade 3, 1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park outer turf, 2013
  • 1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park inner turf (set course record), 2015
  • Mile, Belmont Park outer turf, 2015
  • 1 1/16 miles, Saratoga inner turf, 2015
  • 1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf (good), 2014
  • 1 1/16 miles, Saratoga outer turf, 2012
  • 1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf (yielding), 2012
  • 1 1/16 miles, Saratoga inner turf, 2010
  • Mile, Belmont Park outer turf (yielding), 2010
  • Mile, Aqueduct turf, 2010

 

HESSONITE, filly/mare, 2008

  • Grade 3, 1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park outer turf, 2013
  • 1 1/16 miles, Saratoga inner turf, 2013
  • 1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park inner turf (yielding), 2011
  • Mile, Saratoga inner turf, 2011
  • 7 furlongs, Belmont Park outer turf, 2011
  • Mile, Saratoga inner turf (yielding), 2012
  • 1 1/16 miles, Saratoga outer turf, 2012
  • 1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf (yielding), 2012
  • 1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park outer turf (yielding), 2012

 

KEY DANCE (ARG), filly, 2012

  • Group 2, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), turf, San Isidro (Argentina), 2017
  • Group 2, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), turf, Palermo (Argentina), 2017
  • Group 2, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Palermo (Argentina), 2017
  • Group 3, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Palermo (Argentina), 2016
  • Group 3, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Palermo (Argentina), 2017
  • Group 3, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Palermo (Argentina), 2016

 

STREET LOLO (ARG), colt 2012

  • Group 2, 2,400 meters (abt. 1 1/2 miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2016
  • Group 3, 1,800 meters (abt. 1 1/8 miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2016

 

ORANGE NUGGET (ARG), filly, 2013

  • Group 2, 1,600 meters, turf (heavy), San Isidro (Argentina), 2017

 

FOURSTAR CROOK, filly/mare, 2012

  • Grade 3, 1 1/16 miles, Parx Racing turf, 2017
  • Mile, Belmont Park outer turf (yielding), 2017
  • 1 1/16 miles, Saratoga outer turf (yielding), 2016
  • 1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf, 2016

 

MR. VEGAS, gelding, 2007

  • Grade 3, abt. 1 1/16 miles, Fair Grounds turf (good), 2012

 

EFFIE TRINKET, filly, 2010

  • 6 furlongs, Saratoga dirt, 2012
  • 7 furlongs, Belmont Park outer turf, 2013
  • 1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf, 2013
  • 1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park inner turf, 2013

 

UNCLE T SEVEN, gelding, 2006

  • 1 1/16 miles, Saratoga outer turf, 2009
  • 6 furlongs, Aqueduct inner dirt (sloppy), 2009
  • 7 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt (muddy), 2009
  • 1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf, 2010
  • 6 furlongs, Finger Lakes dirt, 2013

 

GENERAL MAXIMUS, ridgling, 2007

  • 6 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2010
  • 6½ furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2010
  • 6 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2011

 

LIGHTS OFF ANNIE, filly/mare, 2005

  • 6 furlongs, Aqueduct inner dirt, 2009
  • 6 furlongs, Aqueduct inner dirt (muddy), 2010
  • 6 furlongs, Pimlico dirt, 2010

 

THERAPIST, colt, 2015

  • 6 furlongs, Laurel Park turf, 2017
  • Mile, Belmont Park outer turf, 2017

 

FREUDIE ANNE, filly, 2012

  • Mile and 70 yards, Aqueduct inner dirt, 2014
  • Mile, Saratoga inner turf, 2015

 

LOVELY SYN, filly, 2010

  • 6½ furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2013
  • 7 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2013

 

MISS NARCISSIST, filly, 2011

  • 7 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2013
  • 6 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2013

 

MERIWETHER JESSICA, filly/mare, 2005

  • 6 furlongs, Belmont Park inner turf, 2008
  • 1 1/8 miles, Saratoga inner turf, 2010

 

FREUD’S NOTEBOOK, filly/mare, 2007

  • 7 furlongs, Saratoga dirt, 2010
  • Mile, Aqueduct inner dirt, 2013

 

QUICK LITTLE MISS, filly, 2004

  • 6½ furlongs, Fairplex Park dirt, 2006
  • 7 furlongs, Hollywood Park synthetic (Polytrack), 2006

 

DARRIN’S DILEMMA, colt, 2008

  • 6½ furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2011
  • 7 furlongs, Belmont Park outer turf, 2011

 

DREAMSGONEWILD, gelding, 2009

  • Abt. 5½ furlongs, Monmouth Park turf, 2015
  • 6 furlongs, Laurel Park turf, 2014

 

DAGNABIT, colt, 2006

  • 5½ furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2008
  • 6 furlongs, Finger Lakes dirt, 2008

 

THE FUNKY EXPRESS, filly, 2009

  • 6 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2011
  • 5½ furlongs, Delaware Park dirt, 2011

 

FLIRT FOR FAME, filly/mare, 2003

  • 6 furlongs, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2006
  • 6 furlongs, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2006
  • Mile, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2006
  • Mile, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2006
  • Mile and 70 yards, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2006
  • 6 furlongs, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2008
  • Mile and 70 yards, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2008
  • Mile and 70 yards, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2008

 

BOOM BOOM SIENA (ARG), filly, 2012

  • 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2016
  • 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2016

 

BERNING ROSE, filly, 2015 – Mile, Belmont Park dirt, 2017

TEPHRA (ARG), filly, 2013 –  1,800 meters (abt. 1 1/8 miles), turf, San Isidro (Argentina), 2017

CLOUD CONTROL, colt, 2013 – 7 furlongs, Belmont Park outer turf, 2016

BAVARO, colt, 2014 – 6 furlongs, Aqueduct inner dirt (good), 2016

DREAMBOAT ANNIE, filly, 2012 – 7 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt (good), 2015

MAH JONG MADDNES, mare, 2009 – Mile, Belmont Park outer turf, 2014

SHAKEIRA, mare, 2008 – Mile, Belmont Park outer turf, 2013

EXTRA SEXY PSYCHIC, filly, 2005 – 6½ furlongs, Presque Isle Downs synthetic (Tapeta), 2008

PRETTY BOY FREUD, gelding, 2006 – 7 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2011

FOLLOW MY DREAM, mare, 2003 – 1 1/16 miles, Aqueduct turf (yielding), 2008

TAMBERINO, filly, 2003 – 7 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2007

FREUD’S HONOR, colt, 2008 – 1 1/8 miles, Monmouth Park turf (good), 2011

SENTIMENTAL LASS, filly, 2008 – 7 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2010

IN TE DOMINE, filly, 2007 – 1 1/16 miles, Saratoga inner turf, 2010

LOGIC WAY, gelding, 2004 – 1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf, 2008

KARAKORUM ELEKTRA, mare, 2004 – 6 furlongs, Belmont Park inner turf (good), 2009

P J’S SUPEREGO, filly, 2010 – 6 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2012

SO N SO, filly, 2007 – 6 furlongs, Saratoga dirt, 2009

MIGHTY EROS, filly, 2004 – 7 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2007

ANGRY PATTY, filly, 2013 – 6 furlongs, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2016

DREWSSASIN, colt, 2011 – Mile, Evangeline Downs turf, 2014

DR. SHANE, colt, 2013 – 6 furlongs, Finger Lakes dirt, 2015

TALK THERAPY, gelding, 2006 – 1 1/16 miles, Finger Lakes dirt, 2013

SOMERS TOWN (ARG), filly, 2012 – 1,000 meters (abt. 5 furlongs), dirt, La Plata (Argentina), 2015

PRINCESS DREAM, filly, 2014 – 6 furlongs, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2017

BE A GINNY, filly, 2006 – 1 1/8 miles, dirt, Hipodromo Camarero (Puerto Rico), 2009

Mission Impazible’s Progeny Earnings Top $2-Million; His 3 1st-Crop 3YOs Win on Belmont Dirt & Turf

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By Rab Hagin

Three-year-olds ETHAN HUNT ($164,363), MISSION COMMAND, and HARDLY MATE won on Belmont dirt, inner turf, and outer turf respectively on October 14 and 26, and multiple stakes-placed juvenile INALIENABLE RIGHTS ($132,200) placed in an October 21 stakes at Belmont – boosting the progeny earnings for their sire, MISSION IMPAZIBLE, beyond $2-million. Grade 2-winning millionaire Mission Impazible is the leading New York-based juvenile sire and second-crop sire for 2017 and ranks among the top-15 North American second-crop sires for 2017. He is the only North American-based stallion among those 15 leading second-crop sires standing outside of Kentucky. Mission Impazible also ranks among the top-15 North American juvenile sires (ranked 14th) – living or dead – for 2017.

Ethan Hunt, who races for Calm And Cool Stable and G and A Racing Stable, scored his third victory and second tally of 2017 in a six-furlong contest in which he ran down the near even money runner-up at equal weights despite being forced five-wide by that drifting-out rival. The gray colt had broken his maiden by 5¼ lengths at a mile at Aqueduct as a 2-year-old after having placed in two six-figure stakes.

Mission Command, owned by John P. Fort’s Peachtree Stable, was the first of two Mission Impazible winners on Belmont’s Thursday, October 26 card, scoring by 2¾ lengths against nine 3-year-olds and up going six furlongs on still-wet “good” inner turf in 1:09.84 for his first win on grass. It was the second start off an 11-month layoff for the mid-May-foaled 3-year-old colt, who was by far the youngest in the contest (only May-foaled 3-year-old) and closed from eighth to first within the final quarter-mile.

Winning three races later on Belmont’s October 26 card was sophomore filly Hardly Mate, who races for Debra J. Wycoff’s Three Diamonds Farm and broke her maiden by two lengths, charging from last as the favorite among 12 going 1 1/16 miles on the “good” outer turf. She trailed her closest (next-to-last) rival by two lengths after the first quarter-mile and was still 11th on the far turn with only five-sixteenths of a mile to run, eventually fanning out six-wide to get a clear stretch run. In the final five-sixteenths, Hardly Mate overtook ten rivals, covering her final individual sixteenth of a mile in about 5 1/5 seconds despite the less-than-firm turf. She was Mission Impazible’s 20th winner of 2017.

Inalienable Rights, Alan Brodsky’s never-unplaced juvenile, placed a closing third among 11 in Belmont’s $250,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes at a one-turn mile on New York Showcase Day (October 21), passing three rivals, including the top two choices (one of them a previously unbeaten stakes winner), in the final furlong. Inalienable Rights previously had placed second in stakes at Saratoga and Belmont after having won his maiden special debut by nearly two lengths on a wet track at Belmont.