03/06/2003 1:00AM

Wishing Well stocked with $75,000


An owner and trainer with a good 3-year-old filly had lots of stakes options in the Midsouth this Saturday, including a new one at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.

The track has increased the purse for the inaugural Wishing Well, a seven-furlong race around two turns, from $50,000 to $75,000, and the race drew a field headed by shippers Souris, Cat's Cat, and Lady Mallory.

Other regional races for 3-year-old fillies Saturday are the Grade 2, $350,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, and the $75,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park.

Delta has been able to expand its stakes schedule this meet because of the revenues from slot machines, which were installed last spring. As a result, the six-furlong track has regularly lured horses from neighboring tracks.

Souris comes in from Fair Grounds on the heels of a fourth-place finish to the explosive Belle of Perintown in the Grade 2 Silverbulletday on Feb. 15. Before that, she was second in the $250,000 Delta Princess, at Delta.

The winner of that race, My Trusty Cat, is one of the favorites for the Honeybee, which is to be run Saturday afternoon, hours before the Wishing Well.

Souris was prominent throughout in the Delta Princess, and figures to be closer to the pace than she was last out in the Silverbulletday, when she trailed early and rallied. That race was her first in two months, and with a four-furlong work in 49.60 seconds on Tuesday, as well as the drop in class, she should move forward Saturday.

Cat's Cat also ships in from Fair Grounds, where in her last start she won an entry-level allowance wire to wire and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 89, the top last-race number among the seven Wishing Well starters.

Also shipping in is Lady Mallory, who is based at Sam Houston Race Park, where, in her first start without blinkers, she won the fillies division of the Texas Stallion Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths Feb. 15. Cashmere Miss gets back to racing with fillies after running third to Posse in a conditioned sprint at Fair Grounds.

Sam Houston: 3-year-olds in Heritage

Leo's Last Hurrahy, who won the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile in November, returns to Sam Houston for the track's $35,000 Texas Heritage for 3-year-olds on Saturday night after taking on Badge of Silver last out at Fair Grounds.

The one-mile Texas Heritage also drew Catalissa, who adds blinkers after finishing sixth, beaten four lengths, in the Grade 3 Lecomte at Fair Grounds in his last start, and Corrizo Creek and On the Border, who have each won their last two starts.

Leo's Last Hurrahy, a winner of four stakes, closed a strong 2-year-old season with a 1 1/2-length victory in the Texan Juvenile Nov. 16. He got time off to freshen for a 3-year-old campaign, which started with a troubled last-place trip in the Grade 3 Lecomte on Jan. 25.

Leo's Last Hurray came back and ran sixth to 10-length winner Badge of Silver in the Grade 3 Risen Star.

Catalissa, like Leo's Last Hurrahy, is a stakes winner at Sam Houston, having won the $50,000 Groovy for statebreds last November.