05/17/2002 12:00AM

Lots of credentials in Teeworth

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CALGARY, Alberta - Sunday's $40,000 Teeworth Plate at Stampede Park has lured a contentious field, with seven stakes winners among the nine entrants.

Tyko Tycoon and Scotman, winner of last year's Teeworth Plate, are expected to contest the lead; Sprint Championship hero Sixthirtyjoe and Alberta's 2001 champion older horse, Rancour, are expected to be in close attendance in the second flight.

Late runs can be expected from They Call Me Cody, Red Exit, Kid Copper, and Miki Bleu Eyes.

Post positions play an important part in one-mile races at this five-furlong oval, which has a short run to the first turn.

Perry Winters will break from post 5 with Tyko Tycoon, winner of the 1 1/16-mile Klondike at Northlands last year. Most recently, Tyko dueled with Timely Ruckus in the May 4 Sprint Championship here. He has a legitimate shot to go wire to wire in the Teeworth.

Scotman, making his seasonal debut, breaks just to Tyko Tycoon's inside, and his rider will try to keep Tyko Tycoon within hailing distance early. Scotman opened his season last spring with a victory in this race. Trainer Pam McDougall has readied him with a steady string of works, including a bullet six-furlong move of 1:13 on May 12.

Sixthirtyjoe drew the outside post. Rider Real Simard faces the prospect of being hung wide if he does not break sharply.

Rancour, who drew the rail, is the 120-pound highweight. He closed strongly going six furlongs in his seasonal bow April 20. Trainer Ernie Keller skipped the Sprint Championship in favor of this spot and has four strong works under Rancour in the interim.