Jamaica Breeders' Cup H. (gr. II)
(gr. IIT , 9f ,)
Strategic Mission Miss Alethia , by T. V. Commercial
BRose Retreat Farm, KY.; OLael Stables; TBarclay Tagg
Aptitude Devine Pet , by Bel Bolide
BNancy Kaster, KY.; OKlaravich Stables, Inc.; TRichard A. Violette, Jr.
Spider Power (IRE)
Royal Applause (GB) America Calling , by Quiet American
BSean Burke, IRE.; ONamcook Stables LLC; TKiaran P. McLaughlin
Margins: 3½, 2, 1½. Others: Devil's Preacher 114($15,000) , Kiss the Kid 113($9,000) , Presious Passion 115($2,001) , Carnera 116($2,001) , Irish Osprey 114($1,998) . Winning Jockey, Cornelio H. Velasquez.
Showing Up just keeps showing up and winning big. He captured the Jamaica Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) Oct. 14 at Belmont Park as the 2-5 favorite while giving his seven rivals anywhere from eight to 11 pounds.
Showing Up, who races for the same owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, that own Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro, has lost only once in four turf starts. Campaigned in the name of the Jacksons’ Lael Stables, Showing Up started out on grass winning the $1-million Colonial Turf Cup Stakes and Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) before finishing third in Man o’ War Stakes (gr. IT) Sept. 9.
Showing Up also boasts a similar dirt record. He started his racing career with three straight wins, including a victory in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II), before finishing sixth in Barbaro’s Run for the Roses.
The Jacksons, who plan to bypass the Breeders’ Cup with Showing Up and run him instead in the Nov. 26 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT), will be represented as breeders in the Breeders’ Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) by George Washington. An Irish-bred son of Danehill, George Washington won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) Sept. 23 at a mile in his last start. He was Ireland’s champion 2-year-old male last year.
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 and her husband, Bobby, own near Goochland, Va. Showing Up’s dam, Miss Alethia, also is the dam of multiple stakes winner Gimmeawink, who was bred by Cox and Rose Retreat.
The Jacksons, residents of West Grove, Pa., have raced additional 2006 New York stakes winners Auguri, La Chiflota, and Stormy Kiss, all of which are South American-breds. Stormy Kiss won the biggest race of the threesome, the Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga.
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.
Strategic Mission is the sire of Showing Up and additional 2006 stakes winners Miss Savannah Rose and Golden Strategy (Pan-II). Strategic Mission, who began his stallion career at the Beck family’s Gainesway Farm near Lexington, stood in 2006 for $3,500 at Liberty Stud near Ghent, N.Y. He will return to Gainesway for the 2007 breeding season.—D.S.