World champion Mission Brief sold to breeders
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The world champion mare Mission Brief has been retired from racing and purchased by a group that includes three of her breeders.
The new owners of Mission Brief are Steve Stewart, Black Creek Stable and Andrea Lea Racing, which bred the mare, plus Maumee River Stable, Four Corners Farm, Hickory Hollow Stables and Dublin Valley Farm. Stewart said the group paid $650,000 for Mission Brief.
A daughter of Muscle Hill, Mission Brief is out of the Varenne mare Southwind Serena. Last fall Southwind Serena's son Tactical Landing brought $800,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.
Mission Brief set a 1:50.2 world record and earned $1,599,587 for the ownership group of Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable and J&T Silva Stables.
Mark Weaver said the decision to sell the two-time Dan Patch Award winner was only recently made.
"She was coming back good and everything was fine," said Weaver. "Ronnie (Burke) trained her before the stakes payments (on Feb. 15) had to be paid up, but she just didn’t seem right. A normal horse, Ronnie said he would have gone on, but not with her. Just not with her."—harnessracing.com