Mission Impazible mare Impazible Donna wins Staten Island

Sunday, December 4th, 2022

Impazible Donna, a 5-year-old daughter of Sequel-based Mission Impazible, scores first stakes win in the Staten Island division of the NYSS. NYRA Photo.

Flying P Stable’s Impazible Donna overcame a somewhat adventurous trip to land her first stakes victory in her first stakes try in Sunday’s $116,250 Staten Island division of the New York Stallion Series Stakes at Aqueduct.

The 5-year-old daughter of Mission Impazible bobbled behind one of her three rivals early before running wide into the stretch under Javier Castellano. Impazible Donna won by 1 3/4 lengths from Silken Dollar in 1:24.92 over the muddy and harrowed main track.

“She was on the wrong lead and when she did that, she made an adjustment and she leveled off,” Castellano said of the mare’s misstep early.

Impazible Donna handled her business from there, tracking Bank On Anna and Silken Dollar through the opening half-mile in :46.34 and circling those two while running in the five path around the far turn. She took the lead from Silken Dollar outside the eighth pole, battled briefly with that rival inside the furlong marker and drew off late. Silken Dollar held second, 9 ½ lengths in front of Bank On Anna with Sedona Rocks fourth of four.

“She trains like a really nice horse,” winning trainer Bruce Levine said. “I was afraid to run her seven-eighths and now I can’t wait to run her a mile. We’re going to try her at least. She’s training better than she’s run in her life. Now, she’s gone seven-eighths twice.”

The 6-5 second choice behind favored Bank On Anna, Impazible Donna improved to 3-for-17 with five seconds and four thirds with the victory and boosted her bankroll to $266,340. She’s the second leading earner in 2022 for Mission Impazible, a 15-year-old multiple Grade 2-winning son of Unbridled’s Song who stands for $2,500 at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson.

Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, Impazible Donna is the fourth foal out of the stakes-placed Silver Deputy mare Pink Lollipops. She was originally offered at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale but not sold on a bid of $14,000.

Impazible Donna made her debut for Flying P and Levine during the 2019 Saratoga Race Course meeting. She finished second in her debut before going to the sidelines for more than a year. She returned in late August 2020 at Saratoga, finishing second again, before a victory going 6 1/2 furlongs in early October 2020 at Belmont Park. Her next victory came three starts later in late January 2021 at Aqueduct.

“She showed so much promise in her very first start she ran for us as a 2-year-old,” said Flying P’s Jay Provenzano. “She was going 5 1/2 [furlongs] and she spotted the field about 12 lengths and just missed getting up at the wire and then pulled up past the wire, so we gave her about a year layoff.”

Impazible Donna raced exclusively in state-bred allowance-optional company from then until the Staten Island, placing six times in 10 starts until the Staten Island. Impazible Donna hadn’t raced since back-to-back seconds to Mosienko in allowance-optionals Aug. 6 and Sept. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.

“She’s been a little hard luck,” Levine said. “The biggest thing is she’s not a good doer and you have to space her out and really train her light. That’s just the way she is. But she’s been good to me.”

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