12/18/2003 1:00AM

Delta: Blinkers on Light Fling

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Close but no cigar might be the best way to describe the top contenders in the $40,000 Gardenia at Delta Downs on Saturday night. The 6 1/2-furlong race for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares is restricted to starters who have never won a stakes.

Light Fling, who ran third to top Louisiana-bred mare Prized Amberpro last out in the $75,000 Magnolia, will add blinkers for the Gardenia. She has worked well for the race, which will be her third start back from a layoff. Steve Bourque, the leading rider at Delta, has the mount for trainer Doris Hebert.

Others of note in the race include the stakes-placed Destiny Calls, as well as the promising Allie's Fund, Midnight Delight, and Kylers Midge.