09/12/2007 11:00PM

Revved Up looks tough at distance

EmailThe 9-year-old millionaire Revved Up and the front-running New York shipper Giant Wrecker, both of whom won Grade 3 stakes within the past 12 months, head a field of 12 older turf horses in Saturday's $200,000 Larry Riviello President's Cup at Philadelphia Park.

Revved Up, a winner of 18 of 39 lifetime starts and $1,410,173, usually has been asked to go longer than the 1 1/8 miles of the President's Cup. Last October, he won the Grade 3 Sycamore going 1 1/2 miles at Keeneland. This year, Revved Up was second in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap at 1o1/4 miles and last time out captured the restricted 1 5/8-mile John's Call at Saratoga.

But in 12 starts at nine furlongs, Revved Up has been first or second 11 times, including a win in last November's Bonnie Heath Turf Cup at Calder.

Giant Wrecker, based at Belmont with trainer Mark Hennig, gave his best performance in seven starts this year when he won the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park in February. Most recently, the 5-year-old Giant Wrecker battled to get his head in front at the eighth pole only to weaken late to finish 2 1/2 lengths behind winner Silent Roar in the Grade 3 Oceanport at Monmouth Park on Aug. 5.

Giant Wrecker doesn't appear to run particularly well first time back following a layoff. He's just 1 for 5 following a break of 31 to 60 days.

The President's Cup also features several horses who have been nibbling on the fringes against graded stakes company this season, a group that includes defending champion Interpatation, Stay Close, and Amenable.

Interpatation is winless in nine starts since the 2006 President's Cup and hasn't raced in two months. The last two times he returned from similar breaks, however, he just missed in a nine-furlong optional claimer at Belmont with a 101 Beyer Speed Figure and came within two lengths of the winner in the Grade 2 Tropical Turf Handicap at Calder.

Stay Close, beaten 4 1/4 lengths or less in his last two starts, both against Grade 2 company going nine furlongs, is eligible to improve making the second start of his current form cycle.

Amenable, a 6-year-old, comes off a career-best 96 Beyer, earned when he was beaten 1 1/4 lengths in the Grade 3 Red Bank at Monmouth two weeks ago.

Octave heads Cotillion probables

Multiple Grade 1 winner Octave heads the group of 3-year-old fillies considered probable for the Grade 2, $750,000 Fitz Dixon Cotillion Handicap on Sept. 22.

Octave, winner of the Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks, is trained by Todd Pletcher.

Three other graded winners considered likely are Moon Catcher, winner of the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks; Marietta, winner of back-to-back Grade 3 stakes in the Midwest; and Talking About Love, whose five straight wins include the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks.