Colonial Turf Cup S.
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Strategic Mission Miss Alethia , by T. V. Commercial
BRose Retreat Farm, KY.; OLael Stables; TBarclay Tagg
Kipling Klondike Kaytie , by Encino
BCenter Hills Farm, OK.; OIEAH Stables; TRichard E. Dutrow, Jr.
Point Given Mediation (IRE) , by Caerleon
BVegso Racing Stable, FL.; OPeter Vegso; TWilliam I. Mott
Margins: 3¼, ¾, 1½. Others: Roman Dynasty 116($60,000) , Outperformance 118($30,000) , Stream Cat 120 , Can't Beat It 116 , Yate's Black Cat 116 , Lewis Michael 116 , Unbridled Behavior 116 , Rock Lobster 116 , International Cat 116 , Chin High 120 , Prime Diamond 116 . Winning Jockey, Cornelio H. Velasquez.
Three-year-old Showing Up picked a good time to win his first start on grass. The race was the $1-million Colonial Turf Cup Stakes, and he won it in course-record time of 1:52.98 for 13¼16 miles.
Showing Up, who is owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables, was a big winner on dirt before the Colonial Turf Cup. Unraced as a 2-year-old, he started his career with three consecutive wins, including a score in the April 22 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. That win earned him a spot in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but he ran unplaced in the $2-million race, won by Lael Stables’ homebred Barbaro, who suffered a career-ending injury two weeks later in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Showing Up was bred by Nellie M. Cox and Rose Retreat Farm, the farm she and her husband, Bobby, own near Goochland, Va. Showing Up boasts a sire, Strategic Mission, who best qualifies as a turf miler.
Strategic Mission raced as a homebred for Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Stud, winning the 2001 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 11¼16 miles at Aqueduct. He placed in four stakes, including the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile (gr. IIT) and Maker’s Mark Mile (gr. IIT) Stakes and the 11¼8 mile River City Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Showing Up’s dam, Miss Alethia, captured only one of 28 starts, but she has more than made up for her lack of racing success as a broodmare. She also is the dam of multiple stakes winner Gimmeawink, who was bred by Cox and Rose Retreat.
Showing Up was foaled in Kentucky at Peter Taaffe’s Taaffe Farm near Wilmore, Ky. Miss Alethia, who did not produce an offspring this year, is in foal to Five Star Day. She has been returned to Rose Retreat.
The Jacksons, residents of West Grove, Pa., are represented as breeders by 2006 English classic winner George Washington. The Irish-bred colt, who was champion 2-year-old male in Ireland last year, won the Stan James Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) and ran second in the Boylesports Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) May 27 in his last start.
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 race additional 2006 stakes winner La Chiflota.
Strategic Mission is the sire of Showing Up and additional 2006 stakes winner Golden Strategy (Pan-II). Strategic Mission stands for $3,500 at Liberty Stud near Ghent, N.Y.—D.S.