Sweet Talker triumphs in Laurel's Dahlia Stakes

April 16, 2006|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Sweet Talker, under a skillful ride by jockey Ramon Dominguez, stalked the pace, separated herself from the pack around the far turn and drew away to a 1 1/2 -length victory in yesterday's closing-day feature at Laurel Park, the $85,000 Dahlia Stakes for fillies and mares.

Sweet Talker, a 4-year-old daughter of Stormin Fever, has won five added-money races, but this was her first for trainer Graham Motion. Her owners purchased Sweet Talker last fall at Keeneland after she won the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The filly also took the Martha Washington Stakes at Laurel last September.

The winner completed the one-mile distance in 1:34.17 over the firm turf. The final time was a Laurel turf record at the distance, beating the mark of 1:34.26 set by Tune of Spirit on Nov. 13, 2005.

Notes -- The 15-week Laurel winter meeting ended with Rosie Napravnik, Scott Lake and Robert Cole winning individual titles. Napravnik, an apprentice, dominated the jockey standings for her first career title, winning 99 races, 43 more than Erick Rodriguez. Lake ruled the trainer standings, winning 58 races, 26 more than John Rigattieri. Cole led the owner standings, finishing first 19 times. ... Live racing shifts to Pimlico Race Course on Thursday for the eight-week spring meet, headlined by the 131st Preakness on May 20.

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