10/27/2004 12:00AM

Revved Up off layoff once more?


As a 4-year-old in May 2002, Revved Up returned from a 90-day layoff to win a 1 1/8-mile turf allowance at Monmouth Park with a 100 Beyer Speed Figure.

In June 2003, Revved Up proved he could run big in his first start in 10 months when he just missed in a 1 1/4-mile allowance race at Belmont, earning a 104 Beyer.

Handicappers must ask themselves whether Revved Up can fire first time off the bench following 11 months of idleness when he makes his first start as a 6-year-old in Friday night's $60,000 John Henry at The Meadowlands.

If can come anywhere close to his performances the last two times he came off a long layoff, he should beat this group of older horses going 1 3/8 miles on the grass. But if he's still rusty or has lost a step or two since finishing off the board in back-to-back graded stakes last fall, Revved Up could be vulnerable at a short price.

Colonial Bay and Freedom's Honor, who both show good recent races, are viable alternatives for those looking to try and beat Revved Up.

makes the second start of his form cycle for trainer Graham Motion, whose horses have run first or second in 5 of 8 starts at the Meadowlands meet. Despite having to steady last time out, Colonial Bay came home his last quarter in a swift 23.40 seconds in a minor restricted stakes at Belmont, finishing fourth and earning a 96 Beyer.

just missed in a statebred stakes at Monmouth in late August, and four weeks later remained sharp going a mile against high-priced optional claimers. His back-to-back Beyers of 92 and 91 make him dangerous in this spot.

Preciado entry tough in Alysheba

In the co-featured $65,000 Alysheba for older horses going 1 1/16 miles on the main track, trainer Lupe Preciado has a strong hand with his entry of Unforgettable Max and Max Forever. Both 4-year-old colts are owned by Raymond Dweck and were transferred to Preciado's barn after formerly being trained by Bruce Levine.

Unforgettable Max was good enough to finish third behind Ghostzapper in the Tom Fool Handicap in July and was a solid second in the Grade 3 Salvatore Mile at Monmouth on Sept. 4. In his first start for Preciado, Unforgettable Max flashed speed and tired in the Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup.

Max Forever, a Grade 3 winner last season, won an overnight stakes at Delaware in May, but has been unraced since June.