Updated on 09/15/2011 1:20PM

Delp makes the right call in Mass Cap

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Include, ridden by Jerry Bailey, received what trainer Buddy Delp called "a perfect trip" in the Mass Cap.

BOSTON, Mass. - Trainer Grover [Buddy] Delp agonized the entire afternoon over whether to scratch Include from Saturday's Grade 2 $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap after heavy morning rains left the track a sea of slop. The veteran horseman did not make his final decision to start the 118-pound highweight until less than an hour before the race, then was rewarded for his decision when Include rallied under Jerry Bailey to a four-length victory over Sir Bear and even-money favorite Broken Vow.

Bailey won the race for a record fifth time.

"I watched the races all day and was mostly concerned because it was not a fair playing field," Delp said. "There was definitely a bias favoring horses out in the middle of the racetrack and we had post 2. I talked to Jerry after he won the 11th race and he said the track was okay and that he thought he could get Include to the outside. That's when I made my final decision to run."

Bailey allowed Include to settle off the early pace that was surprisingly set by Sir Bear and forced from the outset by Broken Vow. The pair dueled through fractions 23.33 seconds, 46.95, and 1:10.88 for six furlongs, at which point Bailey began to make his move. Include readily overtook the battling leaders in early stretch and then gradually edged away in the final furlong.

Sir Bear held gamely to outlast Broken Vow by 1 1/2 lengths. Durmiente finished a distant fourth followed by Sky Approval, Crown Noble and Personal Moon.

"He wound up getting a beautiful trip," said Delp. "Jerry was smart enough to take off the pace and at the three-eighths pole I was very confident who was going to win the race."

Include paid $5.40 after covering 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.61 over the sloppy track. It was the first time the Massachusetts Handicap had been decided over a wet track since Market Wise won the race in 1943.

Trainer Ralph Ziadie was surprised to see Sir Bear on the lead but was pleased with his horse's performance.

"I didn't want to see him in front but he broke well and is so sharp now Jorge [Chavez] couldn't get him back," said Ziadie. "I thought he ran dynamite."

Graham Motion said he, like Delp, had considered scratching Broken Vow earlier in the day.

"It crossed my mind to scratch but the track wound up in good shape and I'm not using that as an excuse."

Max's Pal wins Moseley BC

Max's Pal, who has been a road warrior over the past two seasons, made his first Boston appearance a winning one when rallying to an easy three-length victory over Makin Progress in the $50,000 James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap. His win gave Bailey a sweep of the day's two main events.

The race was marred when Lake Pontchartrain pulled up before going a quarter-mile after fracturing his right sesamoid.

Max's Pal won 8 of 10 starts in 2000 while scoring victories at five different tracks for owner Raymond Dweck and trainer Ben W. Perkins Jr. The son of Marquetry had made two starts prior to the Moseley this season, both at Aqueduct, where he finished fifth in the Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap and fourth in the Grade 1 Carter.

Binnifactor sprinted to a long lead in the Moseley but made an easy target for Max's Pal, who readily overtook the tiring leader entering the stretch before drawing off to a relatively easy victory. Makin Progress proved no match for the winner while finishing 4 3/4 lengths before Markus. Only five horses contested the Moseley following the early scratches of Say Florida Sandy and Personal First.

Max's Pal covered six furlongs in 1:10.03 and paid $4.20.

* Flash of Joy rallied from just off the pace en route to a 2 1/2-length victory over the late-striding Yasou Family in the $25,000 Old Ironsides Stakes, which was taken off the turf and decided on the main track.

Luis Garcia rode Flash of Joy, who paid $11.60 after getting a mile and 70 yards in 1:39.39.

* Consider The Night led throughout to register a 1 1/4-length win over High Above in the $25,000 Keith Brodkin Memorial Stakes, which was also moved from the turf to the dirt.