08/30/2007 11:00PM

Talking Treasure tries again


Talking Treasure gets a chance to make up for her second-place finish at 3-5 odds in her only Finger Lakes appearance when she returns to the Farmington, N.Y., track for the $75,000 New York Oaks on Sunday. Talking Treasure looks like the lone speed in the 1 1/16-mile Oaks, which is for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Talking Treasure came to Finger Lakes on July 14 for the Niagara, a six-furlong sprint for statebred fillies that drew only three others. Despite seeming to have a class edge on her rivals, Talking Treasure couldn’t catch Cool Paradigm. About three weeks later she captured her second stakes, taking the Lady D’Accord at Saratoga by a half-length. In May, she won the Bouwerie at Belmont.

Talking Treasure, owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Charlton Baker, has been close to the lead in several sprints. None of her four rivals look to have her early speed, and jockey Robert Messina should have no trouble grabbing a clear lead. Talking Treasure won her maiden going a mile and 70 yards in her second start, so the distance is within her ability.

Laurentide Ice seems the clear threat to Talking Treasure. She comes off a fifth and a seventh in restricted stakes on turf, but the last time she ran on dirt Laurentide Ice won a New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont in June. In her only two-turn try on dirt, Laurentide Ice lost by a head to Sunday rival My Kitty in the East View at Aqueduct last December.

My Kitty has failed to win in seven starts since the East View, with her best efforts a second in the open Busanda in January and a second behind Talking Treasure in the Bouwerie. She comes off a sixth-place finish in the Lady D’Accord, beaten 7 1/2 lengths by Talking Treasure.