07/17/2008 12:00AM

True Tradition faces tough crew


True Tradition, beaten a neck in two turf sprint stakes in May and an easy winner last out, brings the best Beyer Speed Figures into the $55,000 Mo Bay for 3-year-olds and up at Delaware Park on Saturday. But four others in the five-furlong turf dash are also sharp turf sprint specialists, so anything can happen.

Trained by Scott Lake, True Tradition has 2 wins and 2 seconds in 4 turf sprint starts, and comes off four straight Beyer Figures in the 90s, topped by a 97 in his fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Jaipur at Belmont Park on June 15. True Tradition's 7-2 morning-line odds seem slightly generous.

Not Acclaim, Remain Silent, Blue Sailor, and Cooper County do not quite match True Tradition's Beyers, but, like him, they are remarkably consistent in turf sprints.

Not Acclaim has run first or second in 14 of his 19 turf sprint starts. Remain Silent is 5 for 7, Blue Sailor 8 for 16, and Cooper County 2 for 3. None of them winning or completing an exacta would be a surprise.

Cooper County, at 12-1 on the morning line, and Blue Sailor, at 8-1, are especially worth considering.

Meanwhile, trainer Tony Dutrow, who is winning at a notable 37-percent clip at this meet, sends out the uncoupled Cavallo Pazzo and Mobo.

Cavallo has 5 wins 2 seconds and 1 third in 10 lifetime starts, and Mobo, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, has 3 wins in 4 starts this year. But both will be making their turf sprint debuts, and it is tough beating specialists at their own game.

Secretintelligence, 6 for his last 13, also will make his turf sprint debut.