By Rab Hagin
Breaking from the eighth post among ten 2-year-old fillies going 5½ furlongs in a $62,000 Belmont maiden special, PURE SILVER won her front-running debut by a length and a half on Thursday, June 22, extending the lead of her sire, MISSION IMPAZIBLE, as New York’s top second-crop sire of 2017. Finishing second and third behind Pure Silver – all at equal weights – were the top two choices in the contest, both daughters of the same $35,000-fee Kentucky-based stallion who is a multiple Grade 1 sire. Pure Silver, a homebred racing for Randy Gullatt’s Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC, is Mission Impazible’s sixth winner of 2017 and 13th winner overall. Her victory also helped establish Mission Impazible as the second-leading New York-based juvenile sire of 2017 – behind Sequel Stallions’ own Freud.
Pure Silver was not overlooked, going off as the third choice, and reached the winner’s circle much more quickly than did her listed stakes winning-dam, who did not win until she was a 3-year-old. Pure Silver is her dam’s first starter. The gray/roan filly’s quickness was established when she ran a furlong in 10-flat at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s under tack show preceding its 2017 March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training. In her debut, Pure Silver challenged immediately for the lead from the outside, held command following an opening quarter-mile in 22.43 seconds, and led from there to the wire.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables also campaigns another Mission Impazible winner, 3-year-old MISSION TRIP, who on June 14 led at all calls at odds-on going 5½ furlongs at Finger Lakes following a 3½-length maiden-breaking romp at Belmont 45 days earlier. In four starts, Mission Trip has never been unplaced. Three days after Pure Silver’s debut victory, on Sunday, June 25, Bourbon Lane Stable’s 3-year-old Mission Impazible filly, PAZ THE BOURBON ($127,179), placed a closing third among eight in Belmont’s $100,000 New York Stallion Cupecoy’s Joy Stakes at seven furlongs on still-wet “good” turf. Stakes-placed on both Belmont dirt and turf, Paz the Bourbon is more a miler-and-up than a seven-furlong sprinter, and the slow early pace didn’t help (though for the winner, it “helped a lot” according to that jockey), but she was closing on the top two at the finish. Paz the Bourbon was the youngest (latest foaled, on April 30, 2014) among the sophomore fillies in the Cupecoy’s Joy.