06/23/2006 11:00PM

Showing Up cuts it on grass, winning $1 million Turf Cup

Kevin Coady / Coady Photography
Showing Up, ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, pulls away to win the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup.

Showing Up left little doubt he's just as talented on turf as he's proven to be on dirt after rallying to a 3 1/4-length victory in course-record time over a tired but game Kip Deville in Saturday's $1 million at Colonial Downs.

Kip Deville changed the complexion of the 1 3/16-mile Turf Cup by sprinting to a lead of almost 20 lengths down the backstretch. Showing Up's regular rider, Cornelio Velasquez, never panicked despite the extremely fast pace. He allowed Showing Up to settle and save ground near the front of the second flight, commenced his rally leaving the final turn, after which Showing Up readily wore down and drew off from the staggering leader despite not changing leads until deep stretch. Go Between rallied to finish third.

The win was the 2,000th of Velasquez's career, according to Equibase statistics.

The Colonial Cup marked the first start for Showing Up since his sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. It was also the first start for the 3-year-old son of Strategic Mission on turf. Showing Up is owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson whose colt Barbaro suffered a career-ending injury in the Preakness two weeks after his dominant performance in the Kentucky Derby.

Showing Up set a course record of 1:52.98, shattering the old mark by more than a full second. He paid $7.60 in a field of 14 3-year-olds.

The Colonial Turf Cup is the first leg in a four-race series called the Grand Slam of Grass that also includes the Virginia Derby, the Secretariat, and the Breeders' Cup Turf.

The Jacksons said after the race they would leave the decision of whether to bring Showing Up back for the Virginia Derby to trainer Barclay Tagg.

All along: Film Maker romps

Trainer Graham Motion said he was a little concerned Film Maker might come up a bit short making her first start since Dec. 17 in the $200,000 .

Not to worry. Film Maker accelerated sharply once settling into the stretch under jockey Ramon Dominguez, exploding past pace setter Art Fan en route to a convincing 3 1/4-length victory over Latice in the Grade 3 All Along. Wend, the slight betting favorite at 8-5, finished a disappointing fifth in a field of six fillies and mares.

Film Maker, who has finished third and second in the last two editions of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, set a course record of 1:46.58 seconds for 1 1/8 miles and paid $5.40.

"She's just phenomenal," Motion said. "We had a couple of interruptions getting her back, including a quarter crack, but she certainly didn't look short today."

Film Maker will start next in the Grade 1 Beverly D. at Arlington Park on Aug 12, Motion said.