05/30/2001 11:00PM

Broken Vow vs. Include

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BOSTON - Buddy Delp and Graham Motion have horses stabled one barn apart, both in Delaware and Maryland. But on Saturday the two friends will be in Boston, where they will watch the best horses in their stables, Include and Broken Vow, start one stall apart in the $500,000, Grade 2 Massachusetts Handicap, Suffolk Downs's marquee event, which drew a field of seven including three-time Grade 1 winner Sir Bear.

Delp and Motion have kidded each other since it became apparent they were both pointing their handicap stars for the 1 1/8-mile Mass Cap.

"I think it's amusing that we are going all the way up to Boston to run against each other," said Motion, who earmarked the Mass Cap for Broken Vow immediately following his win in Keeneland's Grade 3 Ben Ali Handicap.

"I told Graham the Brooklyn Handicap was only another week away and if he wanted to change plans I'd help him out - by rooting like hell for him to win it," said Delp.

Include will carry highweight of 118 pounds and start as the favorite Saturday in light of his victory over Albert the Great in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special just three weeks ago.

"Three weeks isn't very long between races," said Delp, "but he came out of the race very good and has responded well to his training ever since."

Delp's main concern is that Broken Vow could get loose on an easy lead.

"We won't let Broken Vow be on a lonesome [lead]," said Delp. "We'll go get him early if we have to, although I'd rather have someone else do it for us."

Motion believes Broken Vow is a much better horse now than when he finished third to Sir Bear in the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

"He'd never been beyond 1 1/16 miles before and lacked a little bit in seasoning and stamina that day," said Motion. "He's definitely become more rateable since that race. The timing of the Mass Cap is perfect, and while I'd rather not have to run against a horse like Include, I think it's the right way to go."

The stretch-running 8-year-old Sir Bear added the Gulfstream Park Handicap to two previous Grade 1 wins: the Metropolitan Handicap and Cigar Mile.

"Include and Broken Vow are two very good horses but I'm more concerned about the pace than who I run against," said Ralph Ziadie, Sir Bear's trainer. "Hopefully a speed duel will develop. If Broken Vow gets an easy lead he will be tough to beat."