06/18/2005 12:00AM

Regret: Rich in Spirit reverses fortune

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Last time they met, Sweet Talker got a perfect trip and made a big lead hold up late. This time, Rich in Spirit turned the tables on Sweet Talker, grinding past her in the final furlong to win the $225,000 , reversing their one-two finish in the May 6 Edgewood Stakes.

Kept in perfect striking position by Gary Stevens, Rich in Spirit returned $6.40 as the slight favorite in a field of eight 3-year-old fillies after finishing 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.76 over firm going.

Rich in Spirit, a Glen Hill Farm homebred by Repriced, fell three-quarters of a length shy of catching Sweet Talker in the Edgewood.

"I just told Gary to let her get comfortable," said winning trainer Tom Proctor. This filly didn't need to be that far behind. She had had a little time off between races and she came ready to run."

Royal Bean finished third, another 2 1/4 lengths behind Sweet Talker and a nose before Insan Mala.

Rich In Spirit now has won 4 of 9 races, with the Grade 3 Regret her first victory in a non-restricted stakes.