10/06/2004 11:00PM

Revenge would be sweet for Out of the Will


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A cleaner trip could help Out of the Will narrow the gap with Melody of Colors when they meet again Saturday in the $60,000 Incredible Revenge Stakes at The Meadowlands Racetrack.

The fillies squared off in a mid-September allowance race at Monmouth Park, with Melody of Colors drawing off to a 2 1/4-length win in the five-furlong turf race. Out of the Will, stuck in traffic, shook loose late and got up for third.

Any mishap in a five-furlong turf sprint spells trouble.

"Julien Pimentel had to steady her quite a bit," said Tim Kelly, trainer of Out of the Will. "In these five-eighths races, there can be no mistakes."

Out of the Will has developed into a versatile filly, a sprinter who can win on grass or dirt and doesn't mind a wet track.

Kelly feels the 4-year-old is at her best on grass. "Her last two turf races have been really good," said Kelly. "Her numbers jump up on the turf."

Out of the Will's most recent turf races produced the third behind Melody of Colors and an allowance victory at Monmouth in early July. She earned Beyer Figures of 82 for both efforts - considerably stronger than her main-track numbers.

She will have to push those numbers even higher to handle Melody of Colors and her clear-cut Beyer advantage.

Trained by Tim Hills, Melody of Colors has won 2 of her last 3, scoring Beyers of 92 and 93. Her only loss in that span was a third to Tangier Sound on a soft course in Monmouth's Klassy Briefcase Stakes.

Melody of Colors has not been off the board in seven turf starts this season, including wins in the Betsy Ross Stakes at Monmouth and the Bob Slater Stakes at Gulfstream.

The Incredible Revenge attracted two other winners of stakes this year. Hostility captured the off-the-turf T J Malley Stakes at Monmouth. She most recently ran third in the Jenny Wade Handicap at Penn National.

Go Go Baby Go set the pace to take The Very One Stakes at Pimlico in May. She returned in September in the allowance race won by Melody of Colors and finished last after a poor start.

Cliff Hanger next week's highlight

The Meadowlands stakes action remains on the turf next weekend, topped by the Grade 3, $200,000 Cliff Hanger Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Friday night.

Possible runners include Mr. Light, Royal Affirmed, Tam's Terms, Stormy Ray, and a pair of stakes winners at Monmouth Park: Spruce Run (Elkwood Stakes) and Stormy Roman (Bob Harding Stakes).