‘TDN Rising Star’ First Mission Wins Lexington

Godolphin homebred First Mission (c, 3, Street Sense–Elude, by Medaglia d’Oro) made the jump to graded company with aplomb, striding home a determined victor of the GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. at Keeneland Saturday. Sent off at 2-1, the dark bay colt sat just off pacesetting Arabian Lion (Justify) through fractions of :24.12 and :48.01. He cut the corner into the stretch as the pacesetter drifted out into the lane and gamely persevered as that foe drifted back in on him. He was inching clear late to win by 3/4 lengths. Disarm (Gun Runner) was third. The time for the 1 1/6 miles was 1:43.74.

A debut second while sprinting six furlongs at Fair Grounds Feb. 18, First Mission romped home by 6 3/4 lengths in a ‘TDN Rising Star’-worthy performance when stretched to 1 1/16 miles in New Orleans last time out Mar. 18. His second dam is Argentinian champion Forty Marchanta (Arg) (Roar).

Saturday, Keeneland
STONESTREET LEXINGTON S.-GIII, $398,750, Keeneland, 4-15, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:43.74, ft.
1–FIRST MISSION, 118, c, 3, by Street Sense
                1st Dam: Elude, by Medaglia d’Oro
                2nd Dam: Forty Marchanta (Arg), by Roar
                3rd Dam: Marcha Toss (Arg), by Egg Toss
TDN Rising Star‘. O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-Brad H. Cox; J-Luis
Saez. $232,500. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $276,500.
Werk Nick Rating: A+.
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2–Arabian Lion, 118, c, 3, Justify–Unbound, by Distorted
‘TDN Rising Star‘. ($600,000 2yo ’22 OBSAPR). O-Zedan Racing
Stables, Inc.; B-Bonne Chance Farm LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert.
3–Disarm, 118, c, 3, Gun Runner–Easy Tap, by Tapit.
TDN Rising Star‘. O/B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY);
T-Steven M. Asmussen. $37,500.
Margins: HF, 4 1/4, 3/4. Odds: 2.19, 3.89, 3.46.
Also Ran: Denington, Demolition Duke, Prairie Hawk, Empirestrikesfast, Baseline Beater, Reinvest, Curly Larry and Mo. Scratched: Transect.
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