Coolmore Lexington S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 8.5f ,)

SHOWING UP (CH h, 117 lb) $201,500
Strategic Mission —Miss Alethia , by T. V. Commercial
B—Rose Retreat Farm, KY.; O—Lael Stables; T—Barclay Tagg

Like Now (B g, 123 lb) $65,000
Jules —Can't Bluff Me , by Pine Bluff
B—John Dillon, FL.; O—John J. Dillon; T—Kiaran P. McLaughlin

Bear Character (B g, 117 lb) $32,500
Dixie Union —Forty Love , by Forty Niner
B—Robert David Randal, KY.; O—Bear Stables, Ltd.; T—Reade Baker

Margins: 1¼, neck, 3. Others: Greeley's Legacy 117($16,250) , More Than Regal 117($9,750) , Chin High 123 , Fast Parade 117 , Hemingway's Key 117 , Special Interest 117 , Gone Prospecting 117 . Winning Jockey, Cornelio H. Velasquez.

Nellie M. Cox of Virginia was looking forward to attending the May 6 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) presented by Yum! Brands because she never had seen the race in person. Although she is both a breeder and owner, Cox was going as a casual fan. Now, she may be going as a breeder of a Derby contestant. Showing Up, a colt that she co-bred, punched his ticket to the Run for the Roses with a score in the April 22 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

“I had made plans to go to the Derby before Showing Up won,” she said the day after watching the colt win by 11/4 lengths for Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables. “The whole family was jumping up and down watching the race.”

Showing Up was bred by Cox and Rose Retreat Farm, the farm she and her husband, Bobby, own near Goochland, Va. She specializes in Thoroughbreds, and he in Sport Horses.

Nellie Cox and a daughter once traveled earlier this year to see Showing Up run. Showing Up was scheduled to run in the March 4 Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, but was scratched.

Showing Up, who was produced from the T. V. Commercial mare Miss Alethia, was foaled in Kentucky at Peter Taaffe’s Taaffe Farm near Wilmore, Ky. Miss Alethia did not have a foal this year and is booked to Five Star Day. Once in foal, she will be sent to Rose Retreat and will stay there until returned to Kentucky to foal. Miss Alethia produced earlier stakes winner Gimmeawink for Cox and Rose Retreat.

“I enjoy racing and having my mares around the farm,” said Cox, who generally keeps about 10 to 12 mares and whose earlier stakes winners as a breeder include grade II winner Be Gentle.

Roy Jackson bought Showing Up for $60,000 at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale of 2-year-olds in training from Solitary Oak, agent for Mer-Lyn. The Jacksons also figure to have homebred Barbaro run in the Kentucky Derby. Unbeaten Barbaro, by Dynaformer, will be going into the Churchill classic off a score in the April 1 Florida Derby (gr. I).

Second-crop sire Strategic Mission is the sire of Showing Up and additional 2006 stakes winner Golden Strategy (Pan-III). Strategic Mission stands for $3,500 at Liberty Stud near Ghent, N.Y.—D.S.