Mission Accepted takes Vincennes in 1:50.2
August 03, 2019
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Yannick Gingras and Mission Accepted took advantage of a pocket trip before sprinting home to a 1:50.2 victory in the $60,000 Vincennes Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands. The four-year-old stallion, trained by Ron Burke, established a new lifetime best with the victory, his fourth of the season. Former Hambletonian champion Pinkman raced second with a late-closing Homicide Hunter third.
When the gate folded in the program’s third race, Pinkman quickly grabbed a position along the rail for Dexter Dunn as Gingras fired from post six with Mission Accepted, racing by the quarter in :26.4. They were quickly shuffled when Andrew McCarthy placed Lindy The Great on the engine, setting fractions of :54 and 1:22.1 as the outer flow began to form, led by Pappy Go Go, JL Cruze and Homicide Hunter.
In the stretch, Gingras moved Mission Accepted from the pylons and charged to the front, quickly distancing himself from the field. Pinkman had trot late, slipping up the inside to finish second. David Miller andHomicide Hunter were flying late on the far outside to round out the trifecta.
Bred by Knox Services, Inc., co-owner with David Wills, Mission Accepted picked up his 16th win in 34 career starts, this time while racing shoeless. The son of Manofmanymissions-witty Girl has hit the board in eight of 13 seasonal starts. The win pushed his career earnings to $493,019. He returned $12.60, $6.80 and $4.60 to his backers with the victory.