By Rab Hagin
Unbeaten MIDNIGHT MISSION overcame a bumpy, next-to-last break to score his second Aqueduct victory in 22 days on a muddy, un-sealed track on Presidents’ Day Monday, February 19, as the odds-on son of MISSION IMPAZIBLE captured a $57,000 allowance despite conceding weight to the runner-up son of a $100K-fee sire. A homebred for Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC of primary owner Steve Davidson, Midnight Mission had to sprint his opening quarter-mile in 23-flat over the sluggish surface to take command in the six-furlong contest for six starters, and he continued leading thereafter. Written race conditions suggested the contest had been carded for a rival that already had gone through his non-winners-of-two condition – a multiple stakes runner-up and six-figure-earning son of an Eclipse Champion sire of multiple Grade 1 winners. However, that well-credentialed colt was never a factor.
A full brother to Grade 2-winning filly PURE SILVER ($286,367) – also a Twin Creeks Racing Stables homebred – Midnight Mission boosted the first-crop earnings for current third-crop sire Mission Impazible to more than $1.7-million. Mission Impazible’s second crop already has earned more than another million, putting Mission Impazible’s total progeny earnings from two crops at over $2.7-million to date. Mission Impazible was the leading New York-based first-crop sire of 2016, the leading New York-based second-crop sire and juvenile sire of 2017 and is the leading New York-based third-crop sire (although his third crop of newly-minted 2-year-olds has not yet produced any starters) of 2018.