Hollywood Derby (gr. I)
(gr. IT , 10f ,)
Strategic Mission Miss Alethia , by T. V. Commercial
BRose Retreat Farm, KY.; OLael Stables; TBarclay Tagg
Enrique (GB) Banakill (FR) , by Funambule
BM. Didier Blot & M. Christian De Asis Trem, FR.; OSeidler, Gary and Vegso, Peter; TNeil D. Drysdale
Ivan Denisovich (IRE)
Danehill Hollywood Wildcat , by Kris S.
BIrving Cowan, IRE.; OMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael and Cowan, Irving and Marjorie; TAidan P. O'Brien
Margins: 2¼, 1½, neck. Others: Crested (GB) 122($30,000) , Zann 122($10,000) , Kip Deville 122 , Frost Giant 122 , Dark Islander (IRE) 122 , Big Mistake 122 , Vega's Lord (GER) 122 . Winning Jockey, Cornelio H. Velasquez.
Showing Up and his connections pulled a no show at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs, opting to skip racing’s biggest day to wait for the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT). The decision proved successful after the 3-year-old son of Strategic Mission scored a 21/4-length win in the 11/4-mile turf race.
The win for Strategic Mission was his seventh, including five in stakes company, from nine starts on the year. He also has stakes wins in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II), Colonial Turf Cup Stakes, Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT), and the Jamaica Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. IIT).
Trainer Barclay Tagg conditions Showing Up for Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables. The Jacksons have been in the news this year as the owners of Barbaro, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Barbaro, who was injured during the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 20, continues to improve at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. Barbaro’s left hind foot, which had laminitis, also continues to show improvement.
In addition to Showing Up and Barbaro, the Jacksons are the breeders of Cartier champion 3-year-old male George Washington, who finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) in his first start on the dirt. The son of Danehill will enter stud in 2007 at Coolmore in Ireland for 60,000 euros.
Roy Jackson purchased Showing Up for $60,000 at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-year-olds in training sale from the consignment of Mer-Lyn, Solitary Oak, agent. The colt was originally sold for $82,000 to Greentree Partners at the 2004 Keeneland January mixed sale from the consignment of Rose Retreat Farm, Viking Stud, agent. Gainesway, agent, sold him for $85,000 to Pandora Farms at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Showing Up, who was foaled in Kentucky at Peter Taaffe’s Taaffe Farm near Wilmore, Ky., was bred by Nellie M. Cox and Rose Retreat Farm, the farm she owns with her husband near Goochland, Va.
All but one foal out of Miss Alethia, the dam of Showing Up, is listed as being bred by the Cox’s and Rose Retreat. The last reported foal out of Miss Alethia is a yearling filly by Proud Citizen.
Strategic Mission is the sire of Showing Up and two other stakes winners, Miss Savannah Rose and Golden Strategy (Pan-II). Strategic Mission was relocated to the Beck family’s Gainesway Farm near Lexington for the 2007 breeding season, where he will stand for $10,000. He stood the 2006 season at Liberty Stud in New York.—L.D.