09/20/2007 11:00PM

Revved Up invades for Sky Classic

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Revved Up, still going strong at age 9, will be paying his fifth visit to Woodbine for Sunday's Grade 2, $300,000 Sky Classic.

A gelding owned by Live Oak Plantation and trained throughout his career by Christophe Clement, Revved Up has won 18 of 39 starts, including 12 stakes, and finished in the money 28 times while earning $1,451,062.

"He likes the course there," said Clement, from his Belmont Park base. "He's training well, and he looks good."

As of last weekend, Revved Up had not been scheduled to participate in the Sky Classic, as he was entered in the $150,000 Larry R. Riviello President's Cup at Philadelphia Park. Clement, however, scratched Revved Up due to his concern over the potential condition of the turf course.

So, Revved Up comes into the Sky Classic off a victory Aug. 19 in Saratoga's $80,000 John's Call, a 1 5/8-mile race restricted to nonwinners of a graded stakes race in 2007.

In his last appearance here, which came in last July's inaugural running of the Grade 2 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Turf at 1 1/2 miles, Revved Up was sixth over soft going.

Revved Up ran well in his first three starts here over the firm footing that he prefers, however.

In his first venture here, Revved Up finished second in the 2003 running of the 1 1/2-mile Niagara Handicap.

Two years later, Revved Up won the Niagara and then finished second in the Sky Classic behind A Bit O' Gold, who went on to be voted Canada's Horse of the Year, champion turf horse, and champion older horse.

Eddie Castro, who is 4 for 5 aboard Revved Up, will be aboard for the first time since the gelding finished a close fifth behind Jambalaya in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Breeders' Cup in February.

Eccentric and Pellegrino tune up

Eccentric and Pellegrino, both trained by Roger Attfield, breezed three furlongs over the training track turf course here Friday morning in preparation for the Sky Classic.

Eccentric, who was clocked in 37 seconds, has won the Grade 3 Connaught Cup and the Grade 2 King Edward on the turf here this year but has not seen action since the latter race, on July 2, after experiencing a couple of setbacks.

The 1 3/8-mile Sky Classic distance will be the farthest Eccentric, 7, has run.

Pellegrino, an 8-year-old horse who went in 36 seconds, was well beaten in the Nijinsky and the Northern Dancer.

Cloudy's Knight returns

Cloudy's Knight will be paying his second visit to Woodbine for the Sky Classic.

A 7-year-old gelding owned by S.J. Stable, Cloudy's Knight has won 8 races in 30 starts, including 3 stakes, and finished in the money 20 times while earning $651,143.

Based in Chicago with trainer Frank Kirby, Cloudy's Knight last raced on Aug. 26 here in the Grade 2 Nijinsky at 1 1/2 miles of turf and finished a closing second behind a loose-on-the lead Last Answer, who also is in the Sky Classic lineup.

"That winner got away on an easy lead," said Kirby. "You hope that doesn't happen again. But, I thought our horse handled the course real well. He ran a good race, came back good, and everything looks okay."

Rider Ramsey Zimmerman, who has ridden Cloudy's Knight to a win and three second-place finishes in their four partnerships, retains the mount.

The Niagara Queen is in top form

The Niagara Queen, runner-up to Sky Classic contestant Sterwins in the With Approval here Aug. 12, looms as the horse to beat in Sunday's Flaming Page.

The $100,000 Flaming Page, a 1 1/2-mile overnight turf stakes for fillies and mares, attracted a field of eight.

The Niagara Queen, a 4-year-old owned by Bridle Path Stable and Tommy Roberts, has enjoyed some of the best form of her career since moving into trainer Mike Doyle's barn this spring.

In the With Approval, an overnight turf stakes in which she was the only filly in the field of six, The Niagara Queen rallied smartly to finish a half-length behind Sterwins and the same margin clear of third-place French Beret.

While the Flaming Page opposition looks to be within her scope, The Niagara Queen will be traveling beyond 1 1/8 miles for the first time.

"I think she can get the trip," said Doyle. "It looks like she can go all day. She just kind of gallops along."

Doyle sent out Saffron Dancer to win the 2002 running of the Flaming Page and saddled second-place finisher Nomistakeaboutit for the 2003 renewal.

Emma-Jayne Wilson, who has been The Niagara Queen's regular rider this year, retains the mount.

Sheer Enchantment, a 6-year-old who was supplemented to the Flaming Page at a cost of $2,000, has been in suspect form this year but is a wake-up prospect.

"I'm concerned; her career this year has been in a shambles," said Abraham Katryan, who trains Sheer Enchantment for the Kelynack Racing Stable of Glenn Harvey. "But she's been training good; she's happy. This trip should be in her favor."

Sheer Enchantment has competed in two previous editions of the Flaming Page, finishing a distant third in 2005 and fifth in 2004.

Woodbine riders head to Trinidad

Local riders Patrick Husbands, Jono Jones, and Tyler Pizarro all plan to be at Santa Rosa Park in Trinidad on Monday for the Royal Oak Derby Day program.

Pizarro is slated to ride in six of the 11 races on the program, with Husbands named on five horses and Jones on two.

All three jockeys have mounts in the Royal Oak Derby, which carries a purse of just over $60,000 Canadian.

* Gerry Olguin will be at Hastings on Sunday to ride Celtic Dreamin for owner K.K. Sangara in the Grade 3, $250,000 British Columbia Derby.