Lael Stables' dual grade I winner Showing Up has been retired and will enter stud next season, trainer Barclay Tagg told The Blood-Horse Tuesday.
Poised to spring coming off the far turn, Lael Stables' odds-on favorite Showing Up surged past Crested in the stretch en route to a convincing 2 1/4-length victory in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) on the turf Sunday.
Lael Stables' Showing Up, left alone on the lead, proved his 1-2 odds were justified when he shook loose in the stretch for jockey Cornelio Velasquez to easily win the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds on the Arlington Park turf Saturday.
Strategic Mission, who stood his first two years at Gainesway Farm near Lexington before standing the last three in New York, will return to Gainesway for the 2007 breeding season.
Barclay Tagg saved Showing Up's first start on the turf for Saturday, and the trainer's patience was well rewarded in the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup for 3-year-olds at Colonial Downs.
Lael Stables could have two undefeated colts for the 2006 Run for the Roses after the inexperienced Showing Up passed his audition with a game win in the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) at Keeneland Saturday.
Lael Stables' 3-year-old Showing Up, in just his second career start Saturday, lowered the Gulfstream Park standard for the one-mile distance while defeating a first-level allowance field by 2 1/4 lengths.
Graded stakes winner Strategic Mission will stand the 2004 breeding season at Metropolitan Stud near Pine Plains, N.Y.
The motif was unmistakably red at Churchill Downs for the 28th running of the Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 10. Besides the bird of that color, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, the state's most famous Cardinal, was on hand signing autographs for the faithful. The color scheme didn't last for the race's finish, however, when the familiar hue of Claiborne Farm's orange flashed across the wire on the back of its homebred filly Watch.
Main track stars Guided Tour and Keats have provided much of the firepower for Niall O'Callaghan in the finest season of his training career, but one of the early stars this year, Tijiyr, is set to make a comeback in Sunday's $150,000-added River City Handicap (grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Graded stakes winner Strategic Mission will enter stud at Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm in 2002 for $7,500 live foal.
Shortly after Bill Mott trainees Iftiraas and Dream Supreme won their respective stakes races Saturday at Churchill Downs, another of his charges led at every call to win the $112,900 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct. Under Richard Migliore, Strategic Mission completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.62 on a firm turf course.
Julian DeMarco and Richard Disano's North East Bound won a duel with Strategic Mission and then held off the closing drive of favored Brahms to win the Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) on Keeneland's Good Friday card. The winner, ridden by Jose Velez Jr. for trainer William Perry, equaled the stakes record of 1:34 2/5 and was just 1 1/5 seconds off the course standard of 1:33 3/5. A 5-year-old gelding by D'Accord, North East Bound paid $13.80, $4.80, and $4.00. Brahms paid $3.20 and $2.80 and Strategic Mission held on for third, returning $3.80. Quiet Resolve, Exchange Rate, Northcote Road, Inkatha (FR), and Morava completed the order of finish.
Julian DeMarco and Richard Disano's North East Bound won a duel with Strategic Mission and then held off the closing drive of favored Brahms to win the Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) on Keeneland's Good Friday card. The winner, ridden by Jose Velez Jr. for trainer William Perry, equaled the stakes record of 1:34 2/5 and was just 1 1/5 seconds off the course standard of 1:33 3/5. A 5-year-old gelding by D'Accord, North East Bound paid $13.80, $4.80, and $4.00. Brahms paid $3.20 and $2.80 and Strategic Mission held on for third, returning $3.80.
Shadwell Stable's Altibr rallied in deep stretch to win the $451,200 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IIT) Saturday, breaking the stakes record and equaling the Keeneland record for a mile on turf in the process. Over firm turf, Altibr completed the mile in 1:33.72. In October 1995, Very Special Lite completed a mile on turf at Keeneland in 1:33 3/5 while winning the Bryan Station Stakes.
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