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Breeders' Cup 2017

Mission Impazible Adds To Pletcher's Prep Tally

Mission Impazible's win in the Louisiana Derby continued one of this year's hottest Derby Prep trends, Todd Pletcher leading horses to the winner's circle. The fact that Pletcher won the Fair Grounds' most prestigious prep race probably didn't surprise many onlookers, but the fact that it was Mission Impazible instead of the highly regarded Discreetly Mine, probably raised a few eyebrows.

The early pace in the Louisiana Derby was set by A Little Warm with constant pressure coming from Discreetly Mine. Wow Wow Wow and Backtrack were also with the early pace before fading quickly around the turn. As the front-running pair hit the stretch, A Little Warm fought off Discreetly Mine's challenge, but had no answer for Mission Impazible who drew to a 3/4 length win in the final sixteenth of a mile under a very patient ride by Rajiv Maragh. After competing for the lead early Maragh allowed Mission Impazible to relax and dropped back to seventh before unleashing an impressive turn of foot down the stretch. A Little Warm held second a neck ahead of Drosselmeyer, it was another neck back to Risen Star winner Discreetly Mine. Stay Put and Ron the Greek gave their usualy late rallies, but were foced to settle for fifth and sixth.

The Program, Mister Marti Gras, Fly Down, Wow Wow Wow, Hotep, Island Soul, and Backtrack rounded out the field.

Mission Impazible covered the 1 1/8 mile distance over a fast track in 1:50.32. The grey colt is by Unbridled's Song out of the stakes winning Hold Your Peace mare La Paz. He was bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Farm.

 

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Proves the Southwest was probably a stronger prep than the Risen Star which raises Dublin's stock a bit.
I think the only horse I want out of here is the winner. A Little Warm, while nice, rode a track favoring his style. Drossel has had too many chances and is now officially overrated. The rest? It would be a stretch.
At least Mission Impazible is a lightly raced, improving colt. He seems to be the bst development of the last three weeks to me.
Agree this was a weak prep. Still, another slow pace leaving a lot of questions - I don't think we can throw the baby out with the bathwater. Stay Put outclosed everyone once again, and even Drosselmeyer's race wasn't terrible. Mission Impazible got a dream trip.
Like the Florida Derby the week before, the Louisiana Derby sports the look of a weak prep. The true Derby contenders will be seen in the next two weeks.
The longer the stretch the better for Mission Impazible. In the Southwest he had to deal with an extremely wide trip and a very short stretch. Has an excellent chance in the Derby.

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