Progressive filly Irish Mission (3f Giant’s Causeway x Misty Mission, by Miswaki) scored another lucrative feature race win in Canada when taking out the $506,739 Woodbine Breeders Stakes on Sunday.
A towering filly that stands 17 hands high, Irish Mission has been in great form since travelling to Canada and scored a tenacious half length win in the rich fillies event over a mile and a half on turf.
The Mark Frostad trained filly has won two of the three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown for fillies, having earlier secured the Woodbine Oaks and finished second in the Queen’s Plate.
“I don’t think you’ve seen the best of this filly,” said Mark Frostad.
“I think as a four and five-year-old, she could be any kind of horse. She didn’t handle that surface at all [at Fort Erie], but she came back and was training well enough that she deserved at shot at the third gem of the Triple Crown.
“We knew this was her trip and that she would have no problem with the mile and a half.”
A $375,000 purchase from the Fasig-Tipton August Select Sale, Irish Mission has won three races and more than $830,000 in prizemoney from just 11 starts.
Irish Mission is a half-sister to Grade III winner French Beret and is one of four winners from stakes-winner Misty Mission, a daughter of Canadian Grade I winner Hangin on a Star.
Giant’s Causeway also had a smart winner at Saratoga where blue-blooded filly Trophy Wife (3f Giant’s Causeway x Pleasant Home, by Seeking the Gold) posted her second win.
A homebred for the Phipps Stable, prepared by Claude R McGaughey III, Trophy Wife cruised hoem to win by a length and three-quarters.
Trophy Wife is the second winner for former top racemare Pleasant Home, winner of the Grade I Breeders Cup Distaff.