04/11/2006 11:00PM

Fast work for Showing Up


Showing Up, held out of last Saturday's Wood Memorial because of a bruised right front foot, blitzed five furlongs in 58.48 seconds Wednesday morning over Belmont Park's main track. The work, with jockey Cornelio Velasquez in the irons, was the fastest of 13 recorded moves at the distance.

Showing Up, who has won both of his starts at Gulfstream Park impressively, is being pointed to the Grade 2, $325,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 22. Robin Smullen, the assistant to trainer Barclay Tagg, said Showing Up would breeze next Tuesday morning at Belmont and later that day travel by van to Keeneland.

"Cornelio was pleased," Smullen said. "He didn't think he went that fast, but he's a fast horse. We still have a ways to go - [the bruise] is not healed - but we're on the right track. We can't have any setbacks. One little setback and he won't go."