Mission Impazible Again Among Top-5 Northeast Sires for 2019 – Runners Have Won 8 Races in 2020
By Rab Hagin
With four crops to race, multiple graded-winning millionaire MISSION IMPAZIBLE ranked among the top-five Northeastern sires in progeny earnings for the second consecutive year in 2019, as his runners earned almost $2.5-million ($2,451,976) for the season, boosting his total offspring earnings to more than $7.8-million. Among Northeast-based stallions, he was the leading first-crop sire in 2016, leading second-crop sire in 2017, and leading third-crop sire in 2018. Mission Impazible also was the leading Northeastern juvenile sire in 2017 and the leading Northeastern sire of juvenile stakes horses in 2019.
Mission Impazible’s crops just keep getting better. His latest stakes winners in 2019, then-3-year-old filly ESPRESSO SHOT ($311,725) and then-juvenile colt DREAM BIGGER ($318,428), scored black-type victories at a mile and at six furlongs (twice) respectively last spring and fall. Espresso Shot, who races for NY Final Furlong Racing Stable, Maspeth Stables and Parkland Thoroughbreds, won Aqueduct’s listed $257,375 Busher Stakes last March over eight rivals, including the graded-winning runner-up and the third-place unbeaten favorite, scoring her second Aqueduct stakes tally in 10 weeks. She is currently in training at Palm Meadows in Florida, where she clocked a best-of-70 half-mile workout on January 12.
Dream Bigger, who races for Repole Stable, broke his maiden by 10¾ lengths in Finger Lakes’ $204,713 New York Breeders’ Futurity on September 30 and 48 days later (November 17) captured Aqueduct’s Notebook Stakes as the odds-on topweight among seven. Co-topweighted among 12 in Aqueduct’s $501,500 New York Stallion Great White Way Stakes on December 14, Dream Bigger broke from the 11th post in his first wet track (sloppy) outing and missed by a nose to a more lightly weighted rival.
Regaining her 2018 stakes-winning juvenile form is Mission Impazible’s third-crop (2016) daughter, FORGOTTEN HERO ($182,644), who won a $72,277 Aqueduct allowance optional at six furlongs on January 10. Forgotten Hero, who is among Mission Impazible’s seven winners of eight races in 2020, races for trainer John T. Toscano Jr. and her co-breeder (with Sequel Stallions NY), Charles E. Festa Jr.
Another Mission Impazible third-crop daughter that looks destined for 2020 success is AM IMPAZIBLE, who won a $66,304 Aqueduct allowance mile by 2¼ lengths as the May-foaled youngest among 10 (half of them older fillies and mares) on December 29, beating the odds-on favorite by three lengths. Am Impazible, who now has two multiple-length-margin wins at Aqueduct in three career starts (at 6½ furlongs on November 29 and a mile), is a homebred racing for Richard J. Troncone Sr. and Jr.
Winning their 2020 debuts were Mission Impazible’s third-crop daughter HAPPY MUSIC at Aqueduct and second-crop son FORWARD MOTION at Tampa Bay Downs – both on January 1 and the latter again on January 12; fourth-crop daughter GIPSEY SORCERESS at Aqueduct on January 11; third-crop son THREATLOVESMIDNITE at Parx Racing on January 13; fourth-crop daughter NICKY SCISSORS at Aqueduct and second-crop daughter DREAMS ARE PAZIBLE ($130,739) at Turfway Park – both on January 17. Happy Music races for Curragh Stables, Gatsas Stables, and Ken Geren. Forward Motion, a six-figure-earner who has won on dirt, turf, and all-weather, scored on January 1 for Aramis Hernandez and on January 12 for owner-trainer M. Anthony Ferraro. Gipsey Sorceress races for Eagle View Farm. Threatlovesmidnite races for Just In Time Racing LLC. Nicky Scissors races for Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group LLC (Stuart Grant), Madaket Stables LLC, and Bethlehem Stables LLC and won a $60,000 maiden special by 10½ lengths. Dreams Are Pazible, owned by Woodland Farms, has won five times.