By Rab Hagin
A pair of 2-year-olds from the second crop of MISSION IMPAZIBLE boosted their sire to among North America’s top-10 living juvenile sires for 2017, as debut-winners PURE SILVER and INALIENABLE RIGHTS romped to three daylight-margin Belmont victories over favored runner-ups within a 24-day span (June 22 – July 16). Pure Silver, a homebred Mission Impazible filly campaigning for Randy Gullatt’s Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC, improved her record to two-for-two with a gate-to-wire victory in Belmont’s $100,000-guaranteed Lynbrook Stakes for juvenile fillies at six furlongs on Sunday, July 16. She was Mission Impazible’s second stakes winner at Belmont. Inalienable Rights, a Mission Impazible colt purchased as a yearling for $102,000 by Alan Brodsky, scored a come-from-behind tally from the outside post among ten starters going six furlongs on a wet (“good”) Belmont track in a $62,000 maiden special on Friday, July 14. He was Mission Impazible’s 14th Northern Hemisphere winner overall.
Pure Silver’s Lynbrook victory came at the expense of a formerly unbeaten and unchallenged stakes-winning six-figure-earner bet down to 1-to-3 who made a run that put her 14½ lengths ahead of the third-place finisher but a fading length and a half behind Pure Silver at equal weights at the wire. April-foaled Pure Silver, youngest of the Lynbrook starters and 64 days younger than the highly-touted Lynbrook runner-up, shot out of the starting gate despite losing her footing and was never headed thereafter, extending her margin in the final strides. Winning jockey John Velazquez, who had ridden Pure Silver to a front-running victory against nine rivals going 5½ furlongs in $62,000 open maiden special at Belmont on June 22 (next two finishers were by $35,000-fee Kentucky-based stallions), was amazed: “She broke so fast, it was kind of weird,” remarked Velazquez. “She was so fast she was on the ground, and in the next step she’s up and running. She got pressed (in the final furlong), and when she had to put in a fight, she did it all the way.”
Javier Castellano, rider of the runner-up, said his odds-on mount, “ran good” but “just couldn’t get by the other filly (Pure Silver),” whom he observed “was much the best.” Castellano added that his mount, “did everything the right way, except she couldn’t get by that other horse,” and concluded: “I give a lot of credit to the winner.”
Inalienable Rights, whom owner Brodsky had purchased for $102,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s 2016 Saratoga sale of New York-bred yearlings even though the colt’s then 12-year-old unraced dam had not shown any serious promise as a producer, chased four-wide from his outside post and swung five-wide turning for home. He still trailed the front-running favorite (sired by a former five-time Grade 1 winner on both coasts) by 2½ lengths entering the final furlong, but caught and overtook that rival 70 yards from the wire. Inalienable Rights’ victory was by far the richest win among the nine tallies scored to date (five in North America) by offspring of his dam.
Mission Impazible currently ranks as the leading New York-based juvenile sire of 2017, the leading New York-based second-crop sire of 2017, and is among the top-10 living North American juvenile sires of 2017 – and one of only two stallions among that top-10 standing outside of Kentucky.