05/24/2001 11:00PM

Anticipated showdown in Teeworth


CALGARY, Alberta - Saturday's 51st running of the Teeworth Plate will provide Stampede Park fans with the matchup they have been waiting for all spring.

Scotman, who marched through the 3-year-old ranks last year - capturing the Alberta Derby here, the Manitoba Derby at Assiniboia Downs, and the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park on his way to Alberta horse of the year honors - is making his seasonal bow and will meet Code Name Fred, this province's champion older horse of 2000.

The one-mile Teeworth is the first time these two will face off in what promises to be a season-long rivalry. They are joined by the entry of Run Joey Run and Three Johns from the shed row of leading trainer R. K. "Red" Smith.

There will be win and exactor wagering only on the four-horse, $30,000 handicap.

Scotman has been working well for trainer Pam McDougall and signaled his readiness with a one-mile drill of 1:38.40 here May 12. Rider Chris McGregor had the gelding under wraps throughout.

Code Name Fred has the benefit of a race under his belt, having finished closing fourth over six furlongs in the May 5 Stampede Park Sprint Championship.He subsequently worked a strong five furlongs in 1:01.00 here May 19 for trainer Ron Grieves.

McGregor will break Scotman from post 2 and Real Simard guides Code Name Fred from the outside in the compact field.

Smith has named Stephan Heiler aboard both his entrants, and Three Johns can be expected to prompt the early fractions to complement the stretch kick of Run Joey Run.