06/29/2003 11:00PM

Missy's Joy light on racing, not talent

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OCEANPORT, N.J. - While short on experience, Missy's Joy offers the greatest upside potential among those in Wednesday's $37,000 allowance feature.

Missy's Joy has made only four career starts and faces rivals who have been to the post as many as 24 times. It could be a triumph of youth - Missy's Joy is one of two 3-year-olds in the field - over experience.

Missy's Joy flashed early speed in her last start, a fourth-place finish in a muddy Monmouth allowance race on June 5. Trupon On, the winner, went on to run second in the Crank It Up Stakes June 21

In January at Aqueduct, Missy's Joy won her first start, and she ran twice more there in allowance company.

Missy's Joy drew the rail against six rivals going six furlongs Wednesday and could control the pace with Elvis Trujillo aboard.

"She had the inside in her last race and she got outrun a little bit," said Missy's Joy's trainer, Ben Perkins Jr. "She settled into a good spot. She ran hard. It looked like a nice horse won that day. That race looks like it was a little tougher than this one."

Missy's Joy is another in a long string of homebreds Perkins trains for New Farm.

"She fits," Perkins said "We'll keep her, race her, and probably end up breeding her."

The chief competition in the race should come from Reasontofly, Electrick City, and Is That You.

Reasontofly has been claimed in four of her last six starts. She encountered trouble in her latest effort, a Monmouth allowance race in which she was boxed in on the turn.

Electrick City ships down from Belmont Park for trainer Linda Rice with a record of a win and a second in six starts.

Is That You, a recent claim by leading owner Michael Gill, rallied to get third in a Monmouth allowance in her last start.

Denon the likely U.N. highweight

Storming Home was assigned top weight of 124 pounds for the Grade 1, $750,000 United Nations Handicap on Saturday.

With Storming Home not expected for the 1 3/8-mile turf stakes, Denon, at 122, is the likely starting topweight.

The Tin Man comes next at 121, followed by With Anticipation at 120. With Anticipation won the race last year in course-record time. Also expected to run are Requete, assigned 115 pounds; Freeforinternet, 114; Navesink, 113; and Lunar Sovereign, 112.