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 MISSIMPAZI going 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.