2012 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Champion Turf Femal – Irish Mission

A $375,000 yearling purchase at the 2010 Saratoga Yearling Sale, Irish Mission was bought by Robert “Shel” Evans from the consignment of her breeder, Sam-Son Farms. Evans, who had employed former Sam-Son trainer Mark Frostad to build him a Canadian racing stable, took that trainer's advice, along with that of racing manager Patrick Lawley-Wakelin to splurge. At first blush, Mark Frostad knew he had a work in progress. Tall and leggy, the chestnut daughter of Giant's Causeway was somewhat awkward when she came to his barn. But at the same time, the veteran conditioner had plenty of faith the fledgling filly could be a good one. Turns out, the man with four Queen's Plate and Hall of Fame credentials, was bang-on in his assessment of the Ontario-bred who stands an imposing 17 hands. “At the beginning, her size was an issue, but only because she had to become comfortable with…

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