Irish Mission has earned $1,266,863 in 28 starts.

Irish Mission has earned $1,266,863 in 28 starts.

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Very One Stakes Irish Mission's Next Mission

Juddmonte Farms homebred Riposte also entered in Very One Stakes.

After closing out last season with a victory in the La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIIT) Dec. 27 on the Gulfstream Park turf, Irish Mission will attempt to open 2015 with a win on that same course with a scheduled start in the $150,000 Very One Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, Feb. 21.

A classic winner in Canada in 2012, Robert S. Evans' Irish Mission registered her first two graded stakes wins last season as three starts before the La Prevoyante the daughter of Giant's Causeway  took the Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga Race Course

Trained by Christophe Clement, Irish Mission has earned $1,266,863 from a record of 6-6-3 from 28 starts. Irish Mission was bred in Ontario by Sam-Son Farm.

Irish Mission will not be alone in making her 2015 debut in Saturday's 1 3/8-mile turf race as six of the eight mares entered haven't yet raced this season. One of the longer layoffs belongs to Juddmonte Farms homebred Riposte, a daughter of Dansili who hasn't raced since closing out last season with back-to-back grade II turf victories in May at Belmont Park in the Sheepshead Bay Stakes and in June in the New York Stakes. She is trained by Bill Mott.

Clement also has entered Tabreed, a 6-year-old daughter of Sakhee who will be making her first start since finishing second to Irish Mission in the La Prevoyante.

Sire Kitten's Joy  should be well represented as Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Always Kitten is entered off a fourth-place finish in the La Prevoyante and Augustin Stable's Kitten's Point will be making her second start of the season after winning the Astra Stakes Jan. 18 on the Santa Anita Park turf.

Entries: Very One S. (G3T)

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, February 21, 2015, Race 5

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 3/8m
  • Turf
  • $150,000
  • 4 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 2:30 PM (local)
11Caroline Thomas (KY)Rajiv Maragh117Barclay Tagg-
22Always Kitten (KY)Javier Castellano117Michael J. Maker-
33Irish Mission (ON)John R. Velazquez121Christophe Clement-
44Bitty Kitty (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie117Brendan P. Walsh-
55Kitten's Point (PA)Flavien Prat117H. Graham Motion-
66Riposte (GB)Joel Rosario121William I. Mott-
77Tabreed (GB)Irad Ortiz, Jr.117Christophe Clement-
88Meri Shika (FR)Jose Lezcano117Roger L. Attfield-