06/25/2004 11:00PM

Fleeta Dif upsets Leslie's Love


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Fleeta Dif overtook 3-5 favorite Leslie's Love through the stretch for a half-length win in the $50,000 Miller Lite Stakes at Lone Star Park on Saturday. Leslie's Love finished second, 2 1/2 lengths clear of Big Score.

The race was moved from the turf to a sloppy main track following heavy rains in the area.

Fleeta Dif ($19.20) raced in fourth early, while Leslie's Love jumped out to the lead at the start of the five-furlong race and ran the opening quarter in 22.25 seconds. Fleeta Dif advanced on the turn, rallied past Leslie's Love, and went on to cover the distance in 58.06 seconds.

Rita Helton rode the winner for trainer Tom Warren. Warren also co-owns Fleeta Dif with his wife, Patricia Warren. The win was the second stakes victory of the meet for Fleeta Dif, who also captured the $50,000 JEH Stallion Station Stakes on May 15.

She earned $30,000 for the win in the Miller Lite, which was her fifth victory from 16 starts. Her earnings now stand at $144,530.