Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Mission Impazible , a narrowly-beaten runner-up earlier this year in the June 18 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) breezed five furlongs Nov. 12 at Churchill Downs in preparation for a run in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) to be run beneath the Twin Spires Nov. 25.
The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Unbridled's Song covered the distance on the fast main track prior to the renovation break in 1:00 4/5.
Working on his own, Mission Impazible recorded fractions of :12 2/5, :24 2/5, :36 3/5, and :48 2/5, and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 and seven furlongs in 1:28 2/5. The five-furlong work was the sixth fastest of 47 at the distance.
“I’m happy with the work,” assistant trainer Michael McCarthy said in a release. “He’s always been a decent work horse, but I thought today was a nice move for him. The track seemed to be playing a little slow today, but he still went well. He likes this track.”
Mission Impazible, who finished a neck behind Pool Play in the Stephen Foster Handicap, will enter the Clark off a ninth-place finish as the 2-1 favorite in the Oct. 29 Fayette (gr. II) on the Polytrack at Keeneland.
“I think the only excuse is that he didn’t handle the Polytrack,” McCarthy said. “I would draw a line through that race.”
Mission Impazible could face a very tough group of horses in the Clark as the list of nominations for the 137th running of the 1 1/8-mile race includes several grade I stakes winners, led by Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Flat Out , Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Ruler On Ice, and defending Clark winner Giant Oak.
“The race is always a pretty decent heat, but this year’s race could be very good,” McCarthy said.
Mission Impazible, whose career is highlighted by wins in the 2010 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and this year’s New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), has a record of 3-4-2 in 14 lifetime starts and earnings of $948,563. He was bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Farm.