05/26/2006 11:00PM

Sweet Talker should get stalking trip she likes

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Sweet Talker can be closer to the pace than most of her rivals Monday in the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff - as if her credentials alone aren't enough to point her out as the one to beat. A Grade 1 winner, she will take on defending champ Katdogawn and multiple stakes winner Paz Ciudadana in the one-mile turf race for fillies and mares. The WinStar is one of six stakes worth a cumulative $1 million Monday at Lone Star Park.

Sweet Talker set a course record in her first start of the year last out, when she won the $60,000 Dahlia at Laurel Park on April 15. She covered one mile over firm turf in 1:34.17, stalking the pace on her way to a 1 1/2-length win. Trainer Graham Motion said the WinStar is an appealing option for Sweet Talker's second start of the year for a couple of reasons.

"Partly the timing, and partly the distance," he said.

Motion saddled Sweet Talker for the first time in the Dahlia, after one of his clients, Courtlandt Farms, purchased her at auction at Keeneland in November. She was bought following her nose win in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Oct. 15.

Sweet Talker stalked the pace in that race and might get a similar trip on Monday, behind Stela and Paz Ciudadana.

"I think she's pretty adaptable," Motion said of Sweet Talker. "I think she can sit just off the pace pretty much as you please."

Ramon Dominguez has the mount on Sweet Talker.

Aaron Gryder will ride Katdogawn, who closed from sixth to win last year's WinStar for trainer Wally Dollase. She shows a nice series of works for her first start since March 26, when she finished seventh, two lengths behind winner Silver Cup, in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap at Santa Anita.

Paz Ciudadana is also a stakes winner over the local course, having captured the $75,000 Irving Distaff on April 15. She is one of two starters in the field for Steve Asmussen, the leading trainer at Lone Star, who will also start My Misty Princess. She, too, is a stakes winner over the local turf.

The field also includes Lock and Key, a close fifth last out in the Grade 3 Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs; Stretching, who has won her last three starts; Peaceful Love, a Group 3 winner; and Joint Aspiration an allowance winner last out at Keeneland.