05/04/2005 12:00AM

Edgewood: Defensa has star potential


Graham Motion's reputation as a top trainer of grass runners gained further strength last fall when he won the Breeders' Cup Turf with Better Talk Now. Now Motion says he might have another standout turf runner in the making, a German filly named Defensa.

Motion said Defensa's connections "were really high on her last fall" before the filly finished seventh in her career debut in Germany. "She bled in that race, which turned out good for me," said Motion, since she was shipped to America, where she could receive the diuretic Lasix.

Since then, has been sharp in going 2 for 2, with both races coming under Edgar Prado. She will make her stakes debut as part of a rugged and well-matched field of 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Edgewood Stakes.

Defensa, with Prado riding again, drew the outside post in a field of nine entered in the Edgewood. Off a maiden win at Gulfstream and an allowance win at Keeneland, she is one of a handful of legitimate contenders in the 1 1/16-mile race.

The probable Edgewood favorite is , who is unbeaten in four grass starts. She is owned by Overbrook Farm and trained by Dallas Stewart. Jerry Bailey has the mount.

Other notables include , who gave game chase to Cape Hope in a narrow defeat in their latest meeting, the March 19 Herecomesthebride at Gulfstream, and Insan Mala and Pommes Frites, the respective first- and third-place finishers in a key turf allowance at Gulfstream during Florida Derby week.

The rest of the Edgewood field is Rich in Spirit, Sweet Talker, Yes Beth, and Brett's Favrette.

The Edgewood is carded as the fifth race and launches an all-stakes pick six. Post time is 1:26 p.m. Eastern.