10/16/2006 12:00AM

Tagg considering BC for two


Don't count Barclay Tagg out of the Breeders' Cup just yet.

The way Showing Up won Saturday's Grade 2 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park has Tagg re-evaluating his plan to skip the Breeders' Cup Mile to point for the Hollywood Derby on Nov. 26. Tagg is also on the fence about the Breeders' Cup Juvenile with Nobiz Like Shobiz, who ran second to Scat Daddy despite a troubled trip in Saturday's Grade 1 Champagne.

Tagg was out of town Monday, but his assistant, Robin Smullen, said Tagg would spend this week evaluating both horses before deciding whether to pre-enter them next Monday for their respective Breeders' Cup races.

Smullen said Tagg was extremely impressed with the way Showing Up ran away from Outperformance in winning the Jamaica by 3 1/2 lengths. Showing Up ran his final eighth in 11.35 seconds en route to covering 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.81. Showing Up earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 107, equaling the best of his career.

That performance, coupled with trainer Aidan O'Brien's decision to run top Mile candidate George Washington in the Breeders' Cup Classic, has Tagg intrigued.

"I don't think it's out of the question," said Smullen, adding that owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson might spend the money to pre-enter "just to see what happens. God knows he's earned it.

"Every time you lead him over there he does something great," Smullen said. "I still think [Tagg] still wants to go to California. That's what he considers the right thing to do for the horse. He was very impressed with his kick. I think [Showing Up] impressed him more than he usually does."

Smullen said Tagg is also undecided about Nobiz Like Shobiz, who ran a winning race while finishing second, three-quarters of a length behind Scat Daddy, in the Champagne. Nobiz Like Shobiz was hampered at the break when Pegasus Wind and My Golden Opinion came over on him, forcing him to pinch back. Nobiz Like Shobiz eventually took the lead outside the eighth pole, but could not hold off the more experienced Scat Daddy, who won for the third time in four starts.

"We were pleased with his effort; we had a rough trip," Smullen said. "The horse will have learned a lot from it. He ran a winning race; he just got unlucky. I'd rather that happen now than the first Saturday in May."

Smullen said Tagg is torn between the Breeders' Cup Juvenile or waiting for the Remsen at Aqueduct on Nov. 25.

"He'd rather stay here and run in the Remsen," Smullen said. "He thinks that's best for the horse. But he's not ruling it out yet. We'll see how he is when he trains this next week."

Meanwhile, Smullen said Funny Cide was scheduled to have his final breeze Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's $250,000 Empire Classic.

Master Command won't go to Classic

Todd Pletcher said Meadowlands Cup winner Master Command would not be pointed to the Breeders' Cup Classic, but rather the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24.

Still, Pletcher may have picked up another starter for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf in Quiet Royal, who finished third in Saturday's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.

A 3-year-old filly owned by the Wertheimer Farm of brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, Quiet Royal was turned over to Pletcher following Saturday's race, which was her North American debut.

"She was going to stay with us after that race, anyway, and they felt she ran well enough to consider the Filly and Mare Turf," Pletcher said.

Pletcher said Quiet Royal would remain in Kentucky.

Pletcher also said he is now considering Friendly Island for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Friendly Island showed a new dimension by coming from off the pace when he finished third in the Grade 1 Forego Handicap at Saratoga on Sept. 2. A turf experiment failed when Friendly Island finished last in the Grade 2 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap last month.

"He's run some races that are fast enough for him to be competitive if everything sets up right," Pletcher said. "His race in the Forego was good. If they fly early, which they should, you never know."

Pletcher said he plans to pre-enter 14 horses to the Breeders' Cup, with four possible. The definites for the Distaff are Fleet Indian, Pool Land, and Spun Sugar. The definites for the Juvenile are Circular Quay, King of the Roxy, and Scat Daddy. The definites for the Juvenile Fillies are Cotton Blossom, Featherbed, and Octave. The definites for the turf are English Channel and Icy Atlantic. And the definites for the Filly and Mare Turf are Honey Ryder, Quiet Royal, and Wait a While.

In addition to Friendly Island, Pletcher's possible runners include Awesome Ashley for the Juvenile Fillies, and Flower Alley and Lawyer Ron for the Classic.

Five Star Daydream might stretch out

Five Star Daydream made the lead soon after the start and galloped to a 3o1/2-length victory in Sunday's $66,500 Hot Milk Stakes. Trainer Shug McGaughey said Five Star Daydream will likely attempt to stretch out in distance in the one-mile Tempted at Aqueduct on Oct. 29.

Five Star Daydream ran six furlongs in 1:11.53 in the Hot Milk and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 82.

"I'm real pleased with the way she's come along," McGaughey said. "She's trained good ever since Saratoga. She seems like she's grown up. Last time she ran, she was off the pace; yesterday she made the pace. I'll try to get her stretched out now."

The Daddy retired to stud

The Daddy, the New York-bred colt who hasn't raced since winning last year's Grade 2 Super Derby, has been retired, owner Greg Norman announced Monday. Norman said the splint bone that The Daddy injured in the Super Derby "hasn't healed to our satisfaction."

Norman said he plans to stand The Daddy at a New York farm for $5,000 live foal.

"There are a few of the farms here in New York that are interested in him," he said. "We should have a farm selected probably within the next few days. I probably will keep, if not 100 percent ownership in him, then a majority interest in the horse."

The Daddy, a son of Valid Expectations out of the mare With a Princess, won 3 of 4 starts for Norman. His only loss came to Lost in the Fog in the 2005 Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga, where he finished fourth, beaten 5 1/2 lengths. Five weeks later, he won the Super Derby by a neck over A.P. Arrow.

"It's a sad day," said Norman. "He's the best horse I've ever had. He just has a world of potential, a disposition of a racehorse that is ideal. I wish I had a barn full of horses like him. He's going to be missed."

Norman's other noteworthy horse, Papi Chullo, worked five furlongs in 1:02.64 Sunday at Belmont Park. Norman said Papi Chullo, sixth in the Hawthorne Gold Cup and fourth in the Woodward in his last two starts, would run next in either the Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 or an allowance race at Aqueduct on Nov. 8.

* Discreet Cat, the undefeated 3-year-old coming off a monster win in the Jerome last out, worked four furlongs in a bullet 47.23 seconds Monday at Belmont. He is preparing for a start in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 25.