Mission Approved Wires Singspiel Field
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 6/22/2008 5:39:05 PM
Last Updated: 6/30/2009 2:11:29 PM
(from Woodbine report)
Mission Approved wired 11 rivals in taking the $153,624 Singspiel Stakes (Can-III) on the Woodbine turf course on Queen’s Plate Day June 22.
Under Ramon Dominguez, subbing for an injured Eibar Coa, Mission Approved, a 4-year-old son of 1989 Canadian Triple crown champion With Approval, went to the front immediately in the 1 1/2-mile turf feature.
After easy early splits of :25.20, :50.41 and 1:15.28 over an E.P. Taylor Turf Course listed as “good,” Mission Approved braced for the challenge of Connaught Cup (Can-III) winner Rahy’s Attorney down the long stretch.
But the bay, trained by Gary Contessa for owner/breeder William Coyro Jr., would not be denied, repelling his rival to win by 1 1/2 lengths in a time of 2:30.63. Dubai Gold, at 43-1, was third, nearly six lengths behind the runner-up. Marchfield, favored at odds of 2-1, failed to respond in the stretch and finished eighth.
“We were very confident in him,” said Coyro of Mission Approved. “It’s very nice to bring a horse by With Approval back to Canada and win a big race. I can’t be happier. The way Woodbine has treated us has been fantastic.
“He really goes to the front, but he’s got a tremendous amount of stamina. So we were pretty confident once he got the lead that he was going to keep it.”
It was the sixth career score in 12 starts for the New York-bred. He came into the Singspiel off a seventh-place finish in the Kingston Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile grass feature at Belmont Park on May 11.
Sent off as the third choice, Mission Approved, carrying 118 pounds, returned $10.50, $5.60, $5.10, combining with Rahy’s Attorney ($4.70, $3.90), the 125-pound high weight, for a $50.50 exacta. Dubai Gold ($13.50) completed a trifecta worth $1,392.
Benz Boy, Colorful Judgement, Pellegrino, It's Like This, Marchfield, My Imperial Dancer, Shillelagh Slew, Mike Fox and Tap Show completed the order.
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