07/17/2006 11:00PM

Strategic Mission back to Ky.


Strategic Mission, sire of Grade 2 winner Showing Up, is returning to Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky., for the 2007 season.

The 11-year-old Mr. Prospector horse began his stud career at Gainesway but has been standing at Liberty Stud in New York since 2004 under a lease deal between the farm and Strategic Mission's owners, Gainesway and Live Oak Stud. His success with such runners as Showing Up and stakes winner Miss Savannah Rose from just 19 racing-age foals has bought him a return ticket to the Bluegrass.

Showing Up, trained by Barclay Tagg, is easily Strategic Mission's best runner. The 3-year-old captured the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes on the dirt at Keeneland and most recently took the Colonial Turf Cup in course-record time of 1:52.98 for 1 3/16 miles.

Strategic Mission is out of Sultry Sun, making him a half-brother to Sultry Song and Solar Splendor. He won the Grade 3 Fort Marcy in 2001 and placed in three other graded stakes before retiring with a career record of 24-7-5-4 and $414,320 in earnings.

Gainesway has said it will announce Strategic Mission's 2007 fee in the fall.