09/26/2007 12:00AM

Many hungry to cash will bite on Letha

EmailBOSSIER CITY, La. – Bettors will likely flock to the safe haven offered by Letha B, a winner of 2 of her last 3 starts, in Friday's second-level allowance feature for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares.

Al Stall Jr. trains Letha B this year after she had a winless 2-year-old campaign on the East Coast that included stops in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Following a second-place performance in maiden special weight company in her local debut in June, Letha B graduated with a bang in her next start, kicking clear by almost seven lengths in July.

Following a second-place finish in her first try against winners in the first week in August, Letha B won on the main track Aug. 25. Both of her victories this summer have come at Friday's distance of seven furlongs, helping to make her the likely favorite in Friday's race. Leading rider John Jacinto, aboard for all four of her races this summer, once again has the call.

Although her recent exploits are less impressive than Letha B's, Silver Mitten rates highly off a fourth-place performance behind the crack Louisiana-bred Tensas Yucatan in the Elge Rasberry Stakes for statebreds here Aug. 31. Tensas Yucatan validated that effort with a victory in the Marie DeBartolo Oaks on the Super Derby undercard last Saturday.

Prior to Silver Mitten's turf and two-turn debut in the Rasberry, she she won an entry-level allowance in businesslike fashion over the main track in August. A daughter of Silver Ghost, she has made excellent progress in just six starts. She is trained by Alfonso Balderas and will be ridden by Diego Saenz.

Others who rate a chance in Friday's headliner are Gow's Top Gal, who defeated Letha B when they met while both were maidens early in the summer, and Punish Work, who had a two-race win streak on the grass snapped when she ran sixth in the Rasberry.

Two local sales in October

Two yearling sales are scheduled in Louisiana for October.

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Sales Co. will host its fall yearling sale on Oct. 1 at the State Fair Grounds in Shreveport. The sale gets under way at 10 a.m.

On Oct. 15 and 16, The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana will hold its annual yearling sale at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe. All accredited Louisiana-bred sales graduates are eligible for the $100,000 Bayou State Bonus, which offers additional purse money for horses in selected statebred stakes.