06/29/2003 11:00PM

Sunday stakes recaps (6/29/03)


Other Sunday stakes

* Better Talk Now ($6.80) held off Pickupspeed by a neck to win the $58,700 Eight Thirty Stakes at Delaware Park. Among the horses Better Talk Now beat in the 1 1/8-mile turf race was Rochester, who finished third at 3-5. Trainer Graham Motion said that Better Talk Now, now 5 for 9 on the grass, could make his next start in the 1 1/2-mile Cape Henlopen Handicap on July 20.

* Five-year-old mare Southern Fiction ($9) remained unbeaten on the grass when she rallied to win the $50,000 Politely Stakes by two lengths at Monmouth Park. Trainer Vicki Oliver said Southern Fiction will be pointed to the Grade 3 Eatontown on July 19.

* Lyin Goddess, a first-time starter, was originally coupled with Uppity Kitty, a $125,000 Barretts purchase, in the $40,000 Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at the Alameda County Fair. But trainer Jeff Bonde said he didn't want to run the fillies against each other and made the decision to scratch Uppity Kitty after a coin flip. Lyin Goddess ($8.80) went on to win the race.

* Smashing Beau ($8) foiled Native Heir's bid to win the W. Meredith Bailes Memorial Stakes for the third straight year when he held off the 2-5 favorite by three-quarters of a length at Colonial Downs. Smashing Beau's time of 1:09.92 for the six furlongs set a stakes record.

* Dressed for Action ($12.30), by Bold 'n Flashy, edged another daughter of Bold 'n Flashy, favored Miss Crissy, by a nose in the $166,500 Ontario Damsel Stakes for 3-year-old turf fillies at Woodbine.