10/10/2001 12:00AM

Born to Dance could be Cashier's Dream II


MUSKEGON, Mich. - The Night of Champions last Friday became a night of upsets when only one favorite, Born to Dance, won in the series of six Michigan Sire Stakes.

Born to Dance, owned by Rosendo Parra and trained by James Jackson, drew off to easily best nine other juvenile fillies by 11 lengths. "I like her better than Cashier's Dream," Jackson said, referring to the Michigan-bred filly he and his wife, Laura, bred, raced, and then sold to Heiligbrodt Racing and Team Valor. Cashier's Dream, like Born to Dance by Service Stripe, has won Churchill Downs's Debutante and the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga.

Leading rider Terry Houghton, who won three of the Sire Stakes races, was aboard Born to Dance ($2.60), as he had been for her three previous wins.

The other Sire Stakes winners were Lite Up ($71.40) in the 3-year-old colt and gelding division; Tank Grrri ($66.20) in the 3-year-old filly division; Smooth Roller ($44.20) in the older males division; Sefa's Rose ($7.60) in the older distaff division; and Capable Capers ($11.60) in the 2-year-old colt division.