Jacksons' Showing Up Wins A Big One at Colonial Downs

By John Scheinman
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, June 25, 2006

NEW KENT, Va., June 24 -- For a brief moment, Gretchen and Roy Jackson had no answers. Their colt, Showing Up, had just won the $1 million Colonial Cup on Saturday against the best 3-year-old turf horses in the country, and afterward they were asked how it felt to go from the tragic breakdown of their Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro in the Preakness Stakes to being a part of the emergence of a new star.

All they could do was stare blankly.

"I'm pretty speechless," Gretchen Jackson finally stammered. "It seems like a composite of 35 years of racing in six months of all that could happen."

"We don't know why this is happening," Roy Jackson added, "but we know you have to enjoy the good times."

The victory by Showing Up in the first race of the $5 million Jacobs Investments Grand Slam of Grass series ranks among the most spectacular in the 10-year history of Colonial Downs. To win, the horse and jockey Cornelio Velazquez had to run down an opponent, Kip Deville, who set almost unbelievable fractional times.

Kip Deville, racing for trainer Richard Dutrow for the first time in his nine-race career, opened a 15-length lead before Showing Up, in full stride, caught him at the 16th pole and pulled away to a 3 1/4 -length victory.

The winning time of 1 minute 52.98 seconds for the 1 3/16 -mile race on the outer turf course smashed the track record by nearly two seconds.

Kip Deville, who went off at odds of 28-1, had proven a determined front-runner in his prior races, winning three of his past four starts by daylight, but in the Colonial Cup he showed a new dimension of speed. He scorched the first quarter mile in 22.54 seconds, six furlongs in 1:08.61 -- faster than the fastest turf sprinters -- and a mile in 1:34.55. Before Showing Up took off, it looked like no one might catch him.

"I can't complain about anything," Dutrow said. "It might have worked out better for us, but if they told us, 'Hey, you're going to finish second,' we'd have been happy with that."

Showing Up's trainer, Barclay Tagg, said he was concerned watching Kip Deville blazing along.

"I've seen those connections do that with horses before and get away with it," he said.

"I was worried, but I thought we had a pretty clever little horse, too."

Showing Up, who went off as the 2.80-1 favorite in the field of 14, had shown great promise in his brief career, winning his first three starts, including the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, before running sixth behind Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby.

When the Jacksons won the Derby with Barbaro, Tagg decided to skip the second two legs of the Triple Crown series -- "get out of the way," he said -- and concentrate on the Colonial Cup, the first leg of the four-race Grand Slam that continues July 15 with the Grade II $1 million Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs.

For the Jacksons, the victory by Showing Up began a new racing adventure before they've even had time to recover from their experience with Barbaro.

"Thank you for letting me buy him," Tagg told them after the race.

© 2006 The Washington Post Company