Strategic Mission Returning to Gainesway

Strategic Mission, who stood his first two years at Gainesway Farm near Lexington before standing the last three in New York, will return to Gainesway for the 2007 breeding season.

The son of Mr. Prospector is owned in partnership by the Beck family's Gainesway and Charlotte Webber's Live Oak Stud.

Strategic Mission has only 19 foals of racing age but with a 2005 champion in Panama (Golden Strategy) and two stakes winners this year in the United States (Showing Up and Miss Savannah Rose), he is returning to Kentucky after covering more than 90 mares this season.

Strategic Mission stood this year for $3,500. No fee for 2007 was announced.

Bred and raced by Live Oak, Strategic Mission was a grade III winner, taking the Fort Marcy Stakes on the turf at Aqueduct. He also placed in three graded stakes. Strategic Mission won seven of 24 races and earned $414,320.

Out of the Buckfinder mare Sunny Dame, Strategic Mission is a half-brother to grade I winners Sultry Song and Solar Splendor.

"Strategic Mission has an outstanding pedigree, showed real natural speed when racing, and now has shown the ability to sire top class racehorses in his first crop. We are delighted with the prospect of him standing at Gainesway in 2007," Antony Beck of Gainesway said.

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