07/18/2001 11:00PM

Philadelphia: Goddess has best resume


Proven turf form is in short commodity among the 10 3-year-old fillies entered in the $50,000 Southampton Stakes at Philadelphia Park.

Seven fillies have either never won on grass or won just a maiden race over the surface, which makes the 1 1/16-mile stakes something of a guessing game for handicappers.

The horse with the best turf credentials is The Goddess Athird. Her record of 3-2-3 in nine turf starts includes a wire-to-wire win at 8 1/2 furlongs in a stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and a good third in last month's Captive Miss at Monmouth Park. The Goddess Athird was scratched out of an allowance/optional claiming race with a $41,000 purse that was taken off the turf on Thursday's program at Monmouth.

Miner's Crown is the only other horse with more than one turf win, but all of her best races occurred last winter and early spring. In her two most recent starts, Miner's Crown failed to show her best closing kick in a pair of turf routes at Monmouth.

Haitian Vacation shows the best recent Beyer Speed Figure on turf, an 81 that she earned while finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Reeve Schley at Monmouth. In six tries over grass, however, Haitian Vacation is winless.

Among the horses trying turf for the first time, Proudtobeaprado might have the best chance of scoring an upset. She has never been worse than third in four lifetime starts, has a 295 Tomlinson rating that indicates she should like turf, and comes from the barn of Todd Pletcher, who has connected with 25 percent of his first-time turf runners the past two years.