(Edited Keeneland report)
Multiple grade I winner Showing Up will make his 2007 debut in Friday’s $250,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (gr. IIT) on turf nearly a year after he captured the Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) on the former dirt surface on Keeneland’s main track. Trainer Barclay Tagg wanted to return the Strategic Mission colt to Keeneland because of Polytrack.
“I actually chose the race because of the Polytrack to train him on for a while,” Tagg said. “It makes his feet more comfortable. It has helped him. When I won the Lexington, I trained him on the little Polytrack (Keeneland’s five-furlong training track, which debuted Polytrack in September 2004), and he really liked it.”
Showing Up, who has been at Keeneland with Tagg’s assistant, Robin Smullen, has seven wins in nine starts and earnings exceeding $1.6 million. Last year, the colt won his first three races, including the Coolmore Lexington, before running sixth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). After moving to turf, Showing Up captured four of his next five starts, including the grade I Secretariat at Arlington and the grade I Hollywood Derby.
In the Maker’s Mark Mile, Cornelio Velasquez will be aboard Showing Up, who will carry co-top weight of 123 pounds. The race is the featured event of Keeneland’s card on Friday, which happens to be the 13th day of April. However, Tagg said the Friday the 13th date doesn’t bother him.
“I keep superstitions to a minimum because if you let superstitions get to you, you’d never run a horse,” he said
Also carrying 123 pounds in the Maker’s Mark Mile is Kip Deville, who is coming off a win in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) on turf March 3 at Santa Anita. Last October, the Oklahoma-bred son of Kipling captured Keeneland’s Bryan Station Stakes on turf. He has twice faced Showing Up, finishing second to that rival in the Colonial Turf Cup last June and sixth in the Hollywood Derby.
The field for the 19th Maker’s Mark Mile is as follows:
1--Free Thinking, Rafael Bejarano, 117
2--Sky Conqueror, Robby Albarado, 119
3—Bayeux, Julien Leparoux, 117
4--Storm Caller, Alonso Quinonez, 117
5--Old Dodge, Mark Guidry, 117
6—Purim, Jamie Theriot, 117
7--Remarkable News, Rene Douglas, 117
8--Showing Up, Cornelio Velasquez, 123
9-- Kip Deville, Edgar Prado, 123