08/02/2001 11:00PM

LeBlanc's Delicada pick: Nanie's Dinner


Leading rider Kirk LeBlanc had a tough decision to make for Sunday's $40,000 Delicada Stakes at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.

LeBlanc had to choose whether to ride Nanie's Dinner or Midge Too. He won the $40,000 Honeymoon over two turns on turf with Nanie's Diner and the $40,000 Suthern Accent over six furlongs with Midge Too.

Because of Nanie's Dinner's success at two turns, LeBlanc has committed to her in the Delicada, a 1 1/16-mile filly and mare race. "One won going short and the other won going long, and since the Delicada is going long, I'm on Nanie's Dinner," said LeBlanc. "She ran a super race last time [in the Honeymoon]. It was like a good workout."

LeBlanc guided Nanie's Dinner to a six-length win over Delicada opponent Taffy in the Honey-moon. The switch to the main track Sunday is of little concern to Larry Robideaux Jr., trainer of Nanie's Diner. "I think she handles both surfaces," he said. Before winning the Honeymoon, Nanie's Dinner romped by seven lengths on dirt in the $100,000 Allen Bogan Mile.

Midge Too has also won her last two races, both at six furlongs. A winner of $358,733, Midge Too is best known for her success sprinting, but she is a stakes winner at 1 1/16 miles, having won the Louisiana Breeders' Oaks at Louisiana Downs in 1999. Trainer Jerry Cart has given the mount to Anthony Lovato.

Taffy is from the barn of red-hot Cole Norman. The trainer won four of the five races he had starters in Thursday, and leads the standings over Shane Wilson, 17 wins to 7.

Also in the Delicada field are Peruvian Waltz, Flewsy, and Darn That Dancer.