By Rab Hagin
Recent maiden-breakers MISSION AWARENESS and MIDNIGHT MISSION boosted first-crop progeny earnings for Grade 2-winning millionaire MISSION IMPAZIBLE to more than $1.68-million, with wins on January 26 on Tampa Bay Downs turf and on January 28 under the rain on a sloppy Aqueduct track, respectively. Mission Impazible, a son of the 2017 late leading North American sire, UNBRIDLED’S SONG, and the leading New York-based juvenile sire and second-crop sire for 2017, has total progeny earnings of more than $2.6-million from two crops to race. Runners from his first crop have won 33 races to date and won or placed in six black type stakes. Mission Impazible’s second crop put him among the top 17 leading living North American-based juvenile sires for 2017 despite having the fewest 2-year-old starters among the top 25 North American juvenile sires and the second-fewest registered 2-year-olds.
Mission Awareness, owned by John A. Marceda, advanced wide from ninth place against his nine rivals to score at 1 1/16 miles on Tampa Bay Downs turf. Two days later, on a rainy Sunday at Aqueduct, Twin Creek Racing Stable LLC’s homebred Midnight Mission romped 4¾ lengths in his career debut as the odds-on choice going a sloppy seven furlongs in a $53,900 maiden special. Midnight Mission is a full brother to 2017 Grade 2-winning (by 9½ lengths at Saratoga) juvenile filly PURE SILVER ($286,367), who also is a homebred for the Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC, of primary owner Steve Davidson. Midnight Mission and Pure Silver are the first two named offspring produced from their dam, purchased by Twin Creeks Farm as a not-bred broodmare prospect at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s February 2012 mixed sale.