Myth­i­cal Mis­sion seeks first win of year

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Ron Gierkink

ETO­BI­COKE, On­tario – A turn­back in dis­tance to seven-eighths in the $125,000 Jammed Lovely Stakes could be just what the doc­tor or­dered for Myth­i­cal Mis­sion, who seeks her first win of the year in the race for On­tario-bred 3-yearold fil­lies at Wood­bine on Satur­day.

Myth­i­cal Mis­sion hit the board in each leg of this year’s se­ries for Cana­dian-bred sopho­more fil­lies. She was a clear sec­ond to Holy He­lena in the June 11 Wood­bine Oaks, be­fore end­ing up sec­ond to En­stone in the July 9 Bi­son City Stakes. She weak­ened to third af­ter press­ing the pace over 10 fur­longs in the July 30 Won­der Where Stakes on turf.

Myth­i­cal Mis­sion wound up fourth trav­el­ing a mile in the Grade 3 On­tario Colleen on Aug. 27. Fol­low­ing a lay­off Oct. 22, she fin­ished a flat third in an­other turf stakes, the nine-fur­long Carotene.

Trainer Mal­colm Pierce said Myth­i­cal Mis­sion, a beau­ti­fully bred daugh­ter of Giant’s Cause­way, is bet­ter than her record in­di­cates.

“We’ve been play­ing catch-up with her all year long,” Pierce said. “I thought she was on her way to win­ning the Oaks, be­fore [Holy He­lena] came run­ning past her the last eighth of a mile. She’s bred to run all day, but things just haven’t worked out. She found her­self on the lead too many times, too early. I’m hop­ing the seven-eighths will be the an­swer for her, where there will be some speed, and she can make that one run from the quar­ter pole home.”

Just six are run­ning in the Jammed Lovely. Myth­i­cal Mis­sion is one of two sup­ple­ments, along with long­shot Dilly Dally Darby.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Myth­i­cal Mis­sion, by Giant’s Cause­way Last 3 Bey­ers: 85-83-82

◗ Pierce said the Jammed Lovely wasn’t orig­i­nally on the Sam-Son Farm home­bred’s sched­ule.

“The whole plan was to send her home af­ter the Carotene,” Pierce said, “but I looked at the nom­i­nees and told the Sam Son peo­ple that this is our last chance to run against 3-yearold fil­lies. Other than [Ghostly Pres­ence, it doesn’t look like that tough a field. She’s been do­ing re­ally good, and there’s no rea­son to put her away with­out one more race.”

Ghostly Pres­ence, by Ghostzap­per Last 3 Bey­ers: 89-86-84

◗ Last year’s Princess El­iz­a­beth Stakes win­ner was mired in a slump be­fore win­ning a sec­ond-level op­tional claimer Sept. 2. She sub­se­quently fin­ished a neck back in sec­ond in both the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette Stakes on the Tapeta and in the Carotene, which was won by the fa­vored New York in­vader In­flex­i­bil­ity.

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