05/22/2006 12:00AM

After two $1 million turf races, Showing Up may target Travers

Lexington winner Showing Up is not being considered for the Belmont.

ELMONT, N.Y. - While his stablemate Barbaro tries to recover from a life-threatening injury suffered in the Preakness, Showing Up will continue to carry the mantle for Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables.

However, Showing Up, sixth in the Kentucky Derby, will be doing his running on the turf for his next two starts. Showing Up worked five furlongs over Belmont turf Sunday in 1:01.67 and will be pointed to the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup on June 24. If all goes well, he'll then run back in the $1 million Virginia Derby on July 15.

"He loved it,'' Robin Smullen, assistant to trainer Barclay Tagg said when asked how Showing Up handled the turf. "He just has a completely different stride on the turf than on dirt.''

Smullen said that exercise rider Simon Harris "said the horse doesn't pound the turf, whereas he pounds the dirt. He's got high action on dirt, he doesn't have any high action on turf.''

Showing Up had won his first three starts on dirt including the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes, which helped him earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby. In that race, he ran alongside Barbaro until Barbaro began to draw away from him in the stretch. Showing Up finished sixth, beaten 10 lengths.

Smullen said that even if Showing Up did well on the turf, the $1 million Travers on dirt at Saratoga on Aug. 26 is on the schedule "because he's too good on dirt.''

Smullen said that the Jacksons have not mentioned running Showing Up in the Belmont Stakes in light of the injury suffered by Barbaro.

"Everything has always been completely up to Barclay,'' Smullen said. "They never push. He pretty much wants to do the grass, then in a perfect world we come back and run in the Travers.''

Funny Cide may go to Canada

Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner who finished third in the William Donald Schaefer Handicap on Saturday at Pimlico, may make his next start in the $200,000 Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine on July 1.

Smullen said that race is appealing because it is run at 1 1/4 miles.

"A mile and a quarter is such a better distance, but those kind of [Grade 1] horses, he's just not up to now,'' Smullen said. "He's not as sharp as he was when he was younger. None of us are as sharp when we're older.''

Invasor likely for Suburban

Invasor, who made an auspicious North American debut by winning the Pimlico Special last Friday, is likely to make his next start in the Grade 1, $400,000 Suburban Handicap here on July 1, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said he would also consider the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 17 if it came up light.

Invasor had gone 5 for 5 in Uruguay before finishing fourth in the United Arab Emirates Derby in March. As a Southern Hemisphere-bred horse, Invasor was considered a 3-year-old in Dubai. In North America, he must run in the handicap division.

"I think we learned a lot,'' McLaughlin said. "If he would have been fourth of five, beaten 12 lengths, then we would have known his Uruguay form wouldn't hold up. But we're looking at a not-yet 4-year-old running against older horses and beating them. We might get beat by the Bandinis and Surf Cats, but we belong with the top older horses in America.''

Invasor earned a 112 Beyer Speed Figure for his performance in the Pimlico Special.

Flower Alley getting close

Flower Alley, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Classic last year, worked five furlongs in 1:01.46 at Belmont Park Monday morning. Trainer Todd Pletcher said the horse is two or three more works away from being ready to return to the races.

Pletcher is targeting the Whitney and Woodward at Saratoga as his short-term goals, but would like to find a spot to run him in before then.

Bandini, whom Pletcher plans to start in next Monday's Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, worked six furlongs in 1:13.07 on Monday morning.

Pletcher said that Friendly Island, the impressive winner of the Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint on Saturday, will likely pass the True North Handicap and point to the Tom Fool at Belmont on July 16.

"I think six furlongs is a better distance for him,'' Pletcher said.

Pletcher said that Master Command, who won the William Donald Schaefer, is a candidate for the Stephen Foster at Churchill on June 17.

$59K carryover into Wednesday

There is a pick-six carryover of $59,224 heading into Wednesday's card.

The card features several optional claiming/allowance races including a full field of 10 set to contest 1 16-miles on the Widener Turf Course.

Fishy Advice, who won the restricted Coins Up Stakes when last seen Nov. 12, makes his return to the races for trainer David Donk. He'll face Intepretation, who defeated Fishy Advice by one-half length in the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes in March 2005 at Gulfstream.