Updated on 09/17/2011 10:23PM

Laurel: Sweet Talker scores

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Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
Sweet Talker wins the $150,000 Martha Washington Breeders' Cup at Laurel Park.

Sweet Talker, never worse than third in five previous starts on turf, picked up right where she left off before a three-month freshening when she drew clear to win the $150,000 Martha Washington Breeders' Cup for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park.

Sweet Talker ($6.40) made a three-wide move to challenge 7-5 favorite Victory Lap and 33-1 longshot Lucrezia coming into the stretch and pulled clear in midstretch to defeat Lucrezia by 1 1/4 lengths. The New York-based Dynamite Lass was third. Victory Lap faded to fourth.

Sweet Talker, now 6 for 12 lifetime and 4 for 6 on the grass, covered 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:41.63.

Helen Pitts, the former assistant to Ken McPeek before he retired this summer, had given Sweet Talk time off after a hard spring campaign in which she won the Edgewood and finished a close second in the Grade 3 Regret, both at Churchill Downs.

Pitts also won the Kentucky Cup Turf Dash at Kentucky Downs Saturday with Durban Thunder. The stakes wins were the first of Pitts's career.