07/05/2006 11:00PM

Delaware: Lake takes three shots


A three-horse, uncoupled entry gives trainer Scott Lake an excellent chance in the $50,000 Mo Bay Stakes at Delaware Park.

The five-furlong turf race drew 14 older runners, but only eight will be permitted to start because the rails will be set out 25 feet.

Lake will saddle Pisgah, the beaten odds-on favorite in the $100,000 Turf Monster at Philadelphia Park; Southern Missile, narrowly beaten as the 8-5 favorite two starts ago in the Baltimore BC at Pimlico; and Explosive Count, good insurance if the race is switched to the main track as the winner of four straight dirt sprints.

Two other strong contenders are Weigelia, who registered a career-best turf Beyer Figure of 103 winning a sprint at Belmont last time out, and Max West, a turf sprint specialist who won the Turf Monster by 1 3/4 lengths two starts ago.