11/15/2001 12:00AM

Sara's further success depends on Lenta


MIAMI - Sara's Success, has been unbeatable in south Florida on both turf and dirt since the spring. She will put her leadership of the 3-year-old filly division on the line when she faces 11 rivals including Grey Ballet in Saturday's $60,000 Lenta Stakes.

The Lenta shares top billing on the program with the $60,000 Western Borders Handicap, a 6 1/2-furlong dash for colts and geldings.

Sara's Success has won her last five starts in south Florida. The streak began at Hialeah on April 28 and has included four consecutive victories over her home base at Calder. Three of those wins were in stakes including last month's Calder Oaks, in which Sara's Success outfinished Grey Ballet, winning by three-quarters of a length.

Sara's Success's only two setbacks since late April came this summer at Saratoga where she finished sixth in both the Grade 3 Lake George Stakes and Grade 2 Lake Placid handicaps.

Unlike the versatile Sara's Success, Grey Ballet is a turf specialist and she showed promise right from the start. She won her first two grass races before finishing second to the highly regarded Voodoo Dancer, who was making her 3-year-old debut, in the Tropical Park Oaks. Grey Ballet tailed off a bit after that effort, but is currently in peak form following her career-best effort in the Calder Oaks.

Grey Ballet will receive a three-pound weight shift in her favor from Sara's Success in Saturday's rematch. Regular riders Jose Ferrer (Grey Ballet) and Cornelio Velasquez (Sara's Success) are again in the saddle.

Light Dancer, overmatched against Grade 1 competition in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap in two of her last three starts, won a division of the Lake George and must be respected in the Lenta as should the improving Send the Package, who figures to control the pace.

'Tranquility' leads Western Borders

Sea of Tranquility is the 120-pound highweight and likely favorite in the Western Borders, which serves as a prep for the $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap on Dec. 15. A late-running son of Heff, Sea of Tranquility has won 5 of 11 starts this season, including Monmouth's Grade 3 Salvator Mile and the seven-furlong Daniels Boy Handicap here on Oct. 29.

The local contingent is led by 6-year-old geldings Thrillin Discovery, Salty Glance, and Dancing Guy.

Thrillin Discovery and Salty Glance finished second and third behind favored Fappie's Notebook in the Smile Sprint Handicap. Thrillin Discovery is winless this year but appears to be coming back to his top form. Salty Glance came off a three-month layoff to press a very fast pace in the Smile and could stand some catching if away alertly from the rail.

Dancing Guy, who is also nominated for Sunday's King's Rex Handicap around two turns, has finished second in each of his last two starts, including the 6 1/2-furlong My Charmer Handicap on Sept. 22.

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