10/02/2014 4:40PM

Red Mile: Mission Brief the fastest rookie trotter in history

Derick Giwner
Mission Brief trotted in 1:50 3/5 at the Red Mile on Thursday.

Mission Brief is freaky fast. The 2-year-old trotting filly put on a show and set a new world record in one of four divisions of the International Stallion Stakes on Thursday afternoon at the Red Mile.

Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, Mission Brief cruised through the first half on the lead with fractions of 28 and 55 1/5. At that point the field was still in close attendance, but for those that blinked, they missed her open up a quick five lengths on the field with a 27 4/5 third quarter.

It was a race against the clock in the stretch and despite driver Yannick Gingras just lightly tapping Mission Brief with the whip through the stretch, the Ron Burke trainee still sprinted home on her own in an eye-popping 1:50 3/5, breaking the world record held by Cooler Schooner (1:51 3/5, 2013) to become the fastest 2-year-old trotter in history.

Gold Cora finished 16 lengths back in second, with Hot Start another three lengths behind in third.

“I wanted to beat the (1):51 3/5 record. It was the perfect day for it, so when I hit three quarters in 1:23, I went for the (1):50 and change,” said Gingras. “I just tapped her on her tail to keep her busy. She had some more. If I really got into her she could have gone (1):50 2/5, but that was good enough. That (record) will stay for a while.”

   Mission Brief

Mission Brief is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, Jerry and Theresa Silva, and Weaver Bruscemi. She earned $40,275 with the victory and improved to six for eight lifetime.

Mission Brief is expected to head up to Canada next for the Goldsmith Maid at Woodbine.

The second fastest division for the rookie trotting fillies went to Livininthefastlane in 1:53 4/5. Driver Tim Tetrick came off the cones with the Julie Miller trainee entering the final turn and edged to the front in a solid showing.

Pad Princess finished second ahead of pace-setter Bee The Queen.

Concentration followed cover and exploded in the stretch to capture her split of the Stallion Stake in 1:54 1/5 for driver Brian Sears and trainer George Ducharme. Shaqline was second and Lilu Hanover finished third.

Flirting Filly took home top honors in the first division in 1:54 3/5 over Ready To Ignite and Aarena Hanover. The Jimmy Takter trainee was driven by Yannick Gingras.

Derick Giwner          Captaintreacherous & Tony Alagna

During the card a retirement ceremony was held to honor two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. The winner of over $3 million career was rambunctious during his brief return to the track as the connections reminisced.

“Every time I got to sit behind him it was like an honor,” said driver Tim Tetrick.

Trainer Tony Alagna relayed similar thoughts of his prize pupil’s career. “There was never a race where I was disappointed with his effort,” said the trainer.

Captaintreacherous will enter stallion duty in 2015 with his first foals hitting the sales in 2017.

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Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
And she'll break when the big money's on the line. Just Watch...
Lucas Marquardt More than 1 year ago
Love that pic of Mission Brief in the stretch, Derick...