08/19/2007 12:00AM

Revved Up going strong at age 9


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Revved Up gave another illustration why he prefers racing over retirement as the 9-year-old gelding rolled to a 1 1/2-length victory in Sunday’s $82,450 John’s Call Stakes at Saratoga.

General Jumbo, who prompted the pace from the outset, held second by a nose over the hard-charging Bailador.

The victory was the 18th from 39 career starts for Revved Up, a 9-year-old gelded son of Sultry Song. Revved Up has won at least one race in seven of the eight years he raced. The only year he didn’t win was 2004 when he ran only one time.

"We've tried to turn him out and retire him several times and every time we do after a couple of weeks he comes to the gate, he paws and he wants to go back to work," said Charlotte Weber, the head of Live Oak Plantation which owns Revved Up.

In the John’s Call, Revved Up raced in seventh position down the backstretch, waiting for jockey Kent Desormeaux to find some running room. Entering the far turn, Revved Up split horses, then launched a five-wide bid turning for home. He jetted past Rousing Victory and General Jumbo with Desormeaux peeking behind him in the final furlong. Revved Up, trained by Christophe Clement, covered the 1 5/8 miles in 2:42.67 over firm turf and returned $4 as the favorite.

"For any of the guys out there wondering what's this old guy doing on the racetrack well, he just showed you," Desormeaux said. "He wanted to go around again. If you watch him the first mile-and-three-eighths, I'm just absolutely running over them. It was just a matter of picking a line, that's the only job I had. When I did present him, he jumped into the bridle and carried me home."

Revved Up was on the only favorite to win in the pick-six sequence. The winning combination of 7-7-3-8-5-9 returned $388,514. There was a $100,000 carryover entering the day. The winners were Grasberg ($10), False I.D. ($10.20), Again and Again ($23.60), My Dear Annie ($12.40), Revved Up ($4) and Brushed Prince ($35.20).