February 21, 2016 - Gulfstream Park, Race 5, Msw, USD $50,000, 1M, .0000

Smart Mission, f, 3, 2013 by Smart Strike

1st Dam: Misty Mission (Outstanding Broodmare & SW-Can, $194,320), by Miswaki
2nd Dam: Hangin on a Star, by Vice Regent
3rd Dam: Hangin Round, by Stage Door Johnny

Owner: Sam-Son Farm
Breeder: Sam-Son Farm (ON)
Trainer: Malcolm Pierce

Smart Mission stormed home to an authoritative debut victory Sunday at Gulfstream, becoming the latest ‘TDN Rising Star.’ Left far back after being sandwiched at the break, she raced behind swift fractions of :23.51 and :46.68, followed a rally to the front by favored Akron Gold (Medaglia d’Oro), and circled the field with a wide bid on the far turn. Collaring that rival in midstretch, she kicked clear while racing a bit greenly to score by a length. The winner is a half-sister to French Beret (Broad Brush, GSW, $659,434) and Irish Mission (Giant’s Causeway, Ch 3yo Filly & Ch Grass Mare-Can, MGSW & GISP, $1,357,073). This is also the extended family of Canadian champions Rainbow Connection (Halo) and Rainbows for Life (Lyphard). Stakes-winning Misty Mission produced a filly by Medaglia d’Oro last year. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000. Click for the chart. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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