12/11/2007 12:00AM

Revved Up to run only if turf's dry

EmailMIAMI - Revved Up is the marquee name on Saturday's outstanding Grand Slam II program at Calder. But anybody planning to come watch the amazing 9-year-old close out his 2007 campaign in the Grade 2 W.L. McKnight Handicap is advised to check the weather before leaving the house.

"If the going is not firm, he won't run," trainer Christophe Clement warned shortly after entries were drawn for all four Grand Slam races on Monday.

On Tuesday, the long-range forecast for the weekend called for a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain in the Miami area.

"We're tried him on soft ground several times in the past and he just doesn't seem to get out of it," said Clement, who has had Revved Up since the homebred son of Sultry Song was a 2-year-old. "The firmer the better for him."

If Revved Up does run, the 1 1/2-mile McKnight will be his 42nd career start. He has 19 wins and earnings of more than $1.5 million for Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation.

"He's been such a great horse throughout his career," said Clement. "He won his maiden for me as a 2-year-old. In fact, he did it on the dirt. He's the type of horse who just doesn't let you down. One of his best qualities is the way he never gives up. And when you see him take a hold of the bridle and start pulling his rider to the lead, you know something good is going to happen."

Although he has won 13 stakes with Revved Up over the past seven seasons, Clement is hard-pressed to single out any one race as the highlight of his career.

"He's run a group of great races, at least five or six," said Clement. "There was one in Canada," the 2005 Niagara Breeders' Cup. "Another in Chicago," the 2005 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup. "And the time he set the mile-and-one-eighth track record at Delaware Park early in his career," in the summer of 2003. "Those are just a few that come to mind."

Revved Up accomplished another memorable feat last month, winning Calder's Bonnie Heath Turf Cup for the third consecutive year.

"We turn him out in the paddock about 50 yards from my office here at Payson Park every day, and every day he messes and plays around out there like a young horse," said Clement. "He's a very happy horse and shows an enormous amount of life. He's doing great at the moment - maybe even better than before going into his last race."

Clement also said that whether or not Revved Up runs on Saturday, there's a good chance he'll return as a 10-year-old in 2008.

"Right now all that's for certain is that we'll check the ground on Saturday morning and make a decision on this race," said Clement. "After that, I'll sit down with Mrs. Weber and talk about the future, although as long as he's still doing well and he's happy, I'm sure she'd love to see him run again next year."

If the course comes up soft on Saturday, all might not be lost for Clement, who also has the French-bred Green Girl entered in the Grade 2 La Prevoyante on the turf. Green Girl is coming off a fourth-place finish behind Dalvina in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap.

"She really had no excuse in the Long Island," said Clement. "But I think she might be better on softer ground, so that could be the good news for the day if it should rain and we don't get to run Revved Up."

Large fields in all four stakes

All four of the stakes on Saturday's Grand Slam II program drew fields of 12 or more.

The La Prevoyante attracted a dozen filly and mare long-distance specialists, led by Long Island winner Dalvina.

The lineup for the Grade 3 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap at seven furlongs is topped by local division leaders Finallymadeit and Paradise Dancer, along with Midwest invader Santana Strings.

The Grade 3 Fred Hooper Jr. Handicap is a rematch of the top four finishers in the recent Carl G. Rose Classic, with Electrify as the 122-pound highweight.

Revved Up is in a strong field that includes Stream of Gold, Dave, Soldier's Dancer, and Dreadnaught in the McKnight.

Parading heads Thursday's feature

Thursday's main event will be a good one if the weather cooperates. The second-level optional claiming and allowance race is scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the grass, and it attracted the rapidly improving grass specialist Parading, fresh off an easy entry-level allowance win at Keeneland.

Trained by Shug McGaughey, Parading - a homebred son of Pulpit and On Parade - raced with blinkers for the first time in his Kentucky finale and earned a career-high 96 Beyer Speed Figure for his performance.

Parading's chief competition could come from a couple of horses who would have to draw in off the also-eligible list. The most intriguing of them is the Irish-bred Cougar Bay, who has placed three times in Group 3 stakes and was a game winner of his U.S. debut for trainer Barclay Tagg at Aqueduct on Nov. 2.

Mysterious Peintre wins first out for Wolfson

Trainer Marty Wolfson welcomed Mysterious Peintre into his barn less than a month ago and wasted little time getting him into the winner's circle as the French-bred rallied to a three-quarter-length victory in Sunday's Mel's Hope Stakes on the turf.

Mysterious Peintre, a 3-year-old son of Peintre Celebre owned by Edmund Gann and Jean Zerolo, was making just his fifth start in the U.S. and first since joining Wolfson's stable. He ran ninth in Aqueduct's Volponi Stakes on Nov. 7.

* Mach Ride, forced to withdraw from the Breeders' Cup Sprint due to an abscessed foot, continues to get closer to his return, working an easy half-mile in 50.40 seconds on Monday. Mach Ride has not started since finishing a troubled fourth in the Grade 1 Vosburgh on Sept. 30.