Include, Broken Vow meet at Meadowlands

Top 4-year-olds favored in springboard race to Breeders' Cup Classic

Horse Racing

September 28, 2001|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Grover G. `Bud' Delp and H. Graham Motion train horses at barns near one another in a far corner of Laurel Park racetrack. Tonight, they meet at the Meadowlands in New Jersey in a supreme test for their pair of talented 4-year-olds.

Delp will saddle Include, and Motion will send out Broken Vow in the Grade II $500,000 Meadowlands Cup, a 1 1/8 -mile race under the lights set for a 10:14 p.m. start. Despite a field of six, including the gutsy Gander, the Meadowlands Cup could be a two-horse race. Broken Vow is the even-money morning-line favorite. Include is 6-5.

For both horses, the Meadowlands Cup is the springboard to the Breeders' Cup Classic. Top performances could land them both in the $4 million Classic, the country's richest race Oct. 27 at Belmont Park.

Include and Broken Vow enter the Meadowlands Cup off varying paths. Broken Vow has won three straight, including the Grade II Iselin Handichile while maintaining a regular racing schedule.

Include enters the race after a three-month layoff. He aggravated a leg injury finishing third to Albert the Great in the Suburban Handicap July 1 at Belmont Park. That loss ended a five-race winning streak that included the Grade I Pimlico Special and the Grade II Massachusetts and New Orleans handicaps.

"He's acting very spry in the mornings. He's on the muscle," Delp said of Include, who has won nine of 13 races and earned $1.4 million. "He has proven before that he can win off a layoff. If he runs a real top race I'd like to take a chance in the Breeders' Cup Classic."

Bred and owned by Robert E. Meyerhoff, Include will be ridden by Jerry Bailey. The Maryland-based Ramon Dominguez, the winningest jockey in the country, will ride Broken Vow. A son of Unbridled, Broken Vow has won nine of 12 races and earned $591,906.

NOTES: The Laurel-based Xtra Heat will compete tomorrow in the $100,000 Sweet and Sassy Stakes at Delaware Park. A winner of 16 of 19 races, the 3-year-old filly could earn, with another smashing effort, a spot against males in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. ... After losing a shoe and bruising a foot during a Tuesday workout, John's Call will bypass tomorrow's Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont and either run next Saturday in the Grade II Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland or train up to the Breeders' Cup Turf, his trainer Tom Voss said.

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