05/24/2007 11:00PM

Showing Up out with torn suspensory ligament


ELMONT, N.Y. - Showing Up, one of the leading turf horses in North America, will be out indefinitely after developing a tear to a suspensory ligement in his left foreleg, trainer Barclay Tagg said Thursday.

Tagg said Showing Up will be out of training for a minimum of three months. He would not speculate on whether Showing Up would be able to run again this year.

"I'm not going to run him for three months," Tagg said. "I'm going to see if I can get it better. It's pretty minor right now, and if I can get it better I'd like to get it better.

"I'm not even going to think about the Breeders' Cup; I'm not going to think about his year. I just want to get it better first. A lot of those things can heal up in three months. Maybe it will, maybe it won't, I don't know. We're going to give it every chance."

After running a respectable sixth to stablemate Barbaro in last year's Kentucky Derby, Showing Up, a son of Strategic Mission, developed into one of the top turf horses in the nation. Showing Up won the Colonial Turf Cup, the Grade 1 Secretariat, the Jamaica, and the Hollywood Derby.

In his only start this year, Showing Up finished second, beaten a neck by Kip Deville, in the Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland.

Showing Up had been training for a start in the Grade 1 Manhattan on June 9. Less than two weeks ago, Tagg noticed a problem with Showing Up. An ultrasound revealed the tear.

Tagg skipped last year's Breeders' Cup with Showing Up, hoping to focus on a 4-year-old campaign designed to put him in contention for championship honors.

"He's a special horse," Tagg said.

Boca Grande works toward Acorn

Boca Grande, winner of the Grade 2 Comely Stakes, worked five furlongs in 1:01.52 Thursday morning in preparation for the Grade 1 Acorn on June 9.

"Worked fine, everything's going well," trainer Shug McGaughey said. "A horse got loose right in front of her, so she went from the half-mile pole instead of the five-eighths, but she worked fine, came back fine."

Boca Grande, a daughter of A.P. Indy, has won 3 of 5 starts, including the Grade 2 Demoiselle at 2. Thursday's work was her fourth since winning the Comely at Aqueduct.

"She's really doing well," McGaughey said.

Silver Wagon fires Met bullet

Silver Wagon, winner of the General George and Carter handicaps in his last two starts, tuned up for a start in Monday's Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap by working four furlongs in 47.81 seconds over Aqueduct's main track on Thursday.

"I really liked his breeze today," trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said. "Going in, he's very, very live. If I were a handicapper, I would be betting on him. I've always loved this race, and it would be great to win it a second year."

Dutrow won it last year with Silver Train.

Silver Wagon and Lawyer Ron are the co-highweights at 119 pounds. Others expected to run are Latent Heat (118), Sun King (118), Corinthian (117), Half Ours (117), Silent Name (117), Political Force (116), and Ah Day (114).

Silent Name, winner of the Grade 2 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes last month at Keeneland, was due to arrive from Southern California on Friday.

Steel Light to miss Jaipur

It took Steel Light 17 months to get back to the races after suffering a serious tendon injury in 2005. Trainer Christophe Clement hopes it doesn't take that long for the gelding's latest tendon injury to heal.

After running well - but not winning - in his first two starts this year, Steel Light is on the shelf again with a reoccurrence of the tendon injury that sidelined him after he won the Nearctic Handicap at Woodbine in October 2005. Steel Light had been pointing to Sunday's $100,000 Jaipur Handicap, a six-furlong turf race in which he may have been the favorite.

Steel Light, a 6-year-old son of Stravinsky, had shown a propensity for sprinting on the turf. In his first two starts this year, Steel Light was beaten a neck by Silver Tree in the Grade 3 Appleton Handicap at Gulfstream and was third, beaten 4 1/2 lengths by Silent Name, in the Commonwealth over Keeneland's Polytrack.

Without Steel Light, the Jaipur figures to be a wide-open affair. Weigelia is expected to ship in from Maryland for trainer Michael Trombetta. The last time Weigelia shipped here he set an inner turf course record for six furlongs, winning an allowance race in 1:07.04.

Others pointing to the Jaipur are Carnera, Congo King, Ecclesiastic, Metro Meteor, Museeb, Retribution, and possibly Silver Timber.

Felix Ortiz suspended 15 days

The New York stewards suspended jockey Felix Ortiz for 15 days after he refused to provide a urine sample on Wednesday, a day in which he rode one horse at Belmont.

The stewards let Ortiz ride his one mount - Auspicious Girl, who finished sixth of seven in the fifth race - but expected him to provide a urine sample afterward. He left the grounds without doing so.

The suspension began on Thursday and runs through June 6. Ortiz was named on two horses at Monmouth Park on Saturday, but will not be permitted to ride as New Jersey will honor the suspension.

Ortiz must provide a clean urine sample before he is allowed to ride again.

- additional reporting by Mike Farrell