01/23/2008 12:00AM

Showing Up drops out of Appleton


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Barclay Tagg has decided to delay Showing Up's return to the races and thus will not run him in Sunday's Grade 3, $125,000 Appleton Handicap here.

"I don't feel like I have him where I want him yet," Tagg said Wednesday morning. "I want to get a couple of more works in him. I wasn't pleased with his last couple of works."

Tagg indicated his displeasure earlier in the week after Showing Up worked five furlongs in 1:02 over the Palm Meadows turf course. Prior to that, Showing Up worked five furlongs in 1:03.20. Tagg said he would have preferred one of those works to be faster.

Showing Up has not raced since finishing second to Kip Deville in the Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile last April. He developed a strained ligament in his left foreleg while training to the Manhattan Handicap in June.

Tagg said he would probably work Showing Up two more times before attempting to look for another race for him.

"I know I'd be rushing things to make it Sunday," Tagg said.

Without Showing Up, the Appleton field is likely to include Host, Brooklyn Boy, Buffalo Man, Elusive Fort, Fearless Eagle, Jet Propulsion, Mysterious Peintre, and possibly Terrific Storm.

Finallymadeit a consistent hard knocker

Finallymadeit might not be rated among the leading sprinters in the country, but he certainly is near or at the top of the division when it comes to consistency and durability.

Finallymadeit rarely misses a dance whenever a sprint stakes is on the docket in south Florida, and he always brings his "A" game when he runs. A son of Concerto based year-round at Calder with trainer Javier Negrete, Finallymadeit will make his 12th start since July 27 in Saturday's $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint.

Finallymadeit won six times and had not finished worse than second in 10 consecutive outings before running third here earlier this month in the Mr. Prospector Handicap. As is the case in all his races, Finallymadeit contested the pace from the outset and dug in gamely through the stretch. He succumbed to Noonmark and Mach Ride in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector.

"He hit himself a couple of days before the Mr. Prospector, perhaps because he was just too full of energy, and wasn't 100 percent for the race," explained Negrete, 36, who has had his trainer's license for less than two years. "That's the reason I worked him a couple of times for the Sunshine Millions. I usually don't do that, but I wanted to make sure he wasn't too high coming into this race."

Finallymadeit won eight races, including six stakes, and earned more than $362,000 for owner Rolando Rodriguez's Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing LLC at 3. He was also second, beaten a neck by Paradise Dancer, after dueling every step on the lead in the Grade 3 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap in his 2007 finale.

"I think of all his races the Jack Dudley was his best," said Negrete. "He banged his head and cut his gums in the starting gate, broke last, then went head to head for the lead and still won."

Win or lose on Saturday, Negrete said, Finallymadeit will likely get some rest after racing at least once a month for the past 14 months.

"We might give him a little break after this because there really isn't anything around here for him, unless we want to stretch to seven furlongs, which might be a little long for him right now," Negrete said. "Our next major goal is the Smile Sprint this summer at Calder."

Visionaire may be bound for Louisiana

Visionaire, a good-looking first-level allowance winner here on Jan. 4, could be shipping out of town for his next start in either the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 9 or the Southwest at Oaklawn on Feb. 18.

Trainer Michael Matz indicated that he preferred to run Visionaire at 1 1/16 miles for his first start around two turns as opposed to 1 1/8 miles in a race such as the Fountain of Youth here on Feb. 24.

Visionaire, a son of Grand Slam, has won his last two starts - both at a mile - after finishing second in his debut at six furlongs.

"For a Grand Slam he's got a super disposition," Matz said.

Another of Matz's 3-year-olds, Ready Set, is entered in a second-level allowance race here on Saturday.

Sightseeing goes back to work

Sightseeing, winner of the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes last summer, breezed three furlongs in 36.80 seconds Tuesday morning at Gulfstream Park. It was his first breeze since he ended his 3-year-old campaign with a fifth-place finish in the Brooklyn Handicap.

"I think he went fine, maybe a little more eager than I would have liked, but first time you figure that," trainer Shug McGaughey said.

After winning the Peter Pan, Sightseeing finished third in the Dwyer and Jim Dandy and fourth in the Travers. McGaughey said he stopped on Sightseeing after the Brooklyn because, he said, "he just wasn't going in the right direction."

McGaughey said he was hopeful that Sightseeing could make it back to the races sometime during the Gulfstream meet.

Lear's Princess to Endeavor at Tampa?

Lear's Princess, who defeated Rags to Riches in the Grade 1 Gazelle last September at Belmont, might make her 4-year-old debut on the grass in the $150,000 Endeavour Breeders' Cup at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 16, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.

Lear's Princess has not been out since finishing 10th in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. She is 2 for 2 on turf.

"It's easier to get one ready to start back on the turf," McLaughlin said.

Hotstufanthensome in claimer Wednesday

Anybody wanting to own a multiple Grade 3 stakes winner can pick one up for $62,500 here Wednesday. That's the claiming price Hotstufanthensome will run under when he goes off as the likely favorite in the fifth race, to be run at a mile on the turf.

Hotstufanthensome had been idle nearly eight months when he returned and finished a troubled ninth behind Grade 1 winner Einstein in a high-priced optional claiming and allowance race here on Jan. 11. Trained by Norman Pointer, Hotstufanthensome has won four stakes, including the Grade 3 Mac Diarmida and Cliff Hanger, during a career in which he already has earned $626,000.

* Billie Bob and Curiously Sweet, both of whom were scheduled to fly here for Saturday's Sunshine Millions, were not on board when the flight left California early Wednesday. Billie Bob bled in his final workout for the Oaks, according to trainer Wesley Ward, and Curiously Sweet, a prospective starter for the Distaff, is nursing a bruised foot.

* Gulfstream has added a new stakes to its 2008 schedule, the track announced Tuesday. The race, the Shotintheheart Stakes, will be run at 1 1/16 miles on turf for a purse of $75,000. Restricted to Florida-bred 4-year-olds and up, the race will be run on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Nominations will close on Feb. 4.

- additional reporting by Mike Welsch