Mission Impazible Going Under the Radar in Kentucky Derby Betting

Kentucky Derby betting lists Mission Impazible at 20-1 for the first race of the Triple Crown on Saturday, May 1st. The horse is going to go under the radar since he is trained by Todd Pletcher who also has Eskendereya who is the favorite in Kentucky Derby odds. Kentucky Derby betting is not always won by the favored horse so Mission Impazible is not without a chance.  “Mission Impazible is an improving horse and he went very well.” Pletcher said about the win in the Louisiana Derby. Mission Impazible is owned by Twin Creeks Racing Stable.  “Everybody in the business dreams about having a horse in the Kentucky Derby,” Steve Davidson of Twin Creeks said. “We’ve won stakes races before, but never anything like this. I was as nervous as I could be because there was so much pressure. We had to win that race to get into the derby.”

Mission Impazible is the son of Unbridled Song, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), Florida Derby (G1) and Wood Memorial. Unbridled Song was the favorite in 1996 Kentucky Derby odds but had foot issues and finished fifth.  The horse seems to be producing more sprinters than horses that want to run a distance.  He produced Zensational, a leading sprinter in 2009. Mission Impazible is out of the Hold Your Peace mare La Paz, a stakes winner at Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields and Turf Paradise. The question for Mission Impazible is going to be the distance.  The Preakness may actually be a better race for him.

With Todd Pletcher having so many horses in Kentucky Derby there is no question that Mission Impazible is going to go under the radar for the race on Saturday, May 1st. The horse may get more attention from his name than for his actual talent although the owners are sure happy. “My wife Sarah was more confident than any of us. She started celebrating halfway through the race. We were lucky to have an inside post and he had a great trip (around the track). My worst day and best day at the same track with sibling horses,” Steve Davidson said. “We have no expectations; we’re just going to enjoy the moment. But if we get a good post position, a good trip and he jumps up and runs great, you never know.”


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