06/13/2002 12:00AM

Great Lakes: Born to Dance overdue


MUSKEGON, Mich. - Last year's Michigan horse of the year, Born to Dance, heads a field of eight 3-year-old statebred fillies in the $45,000 Regret Stakes at six furlongs Saturday.

Last year, Born to Dance dominated her statebred stakes rivals, but she has new competition this year from Bad Thing and Baklava.

Born to Dance, owned by Ro Parra and trained by James Jackson, most recently finished second in the Larkspur Handicap, in which she dueled with the older Sefas Rose and gave way late. In five starts between the end of her campaign here last fall and the Larkspur, her best results were seconds in the Dixie Belle at Oaklawn and in a Turfway allowance race. She also finished fourth in a pair of Grade 2 races, the Golden Rod at Churchill and the Beaumont at Keeneland.

Leading rider Terry Houghton rides Born to Dance in the Regret. She will be coupled with stablemate Sweetwater Promise.

Bad Thing, owned by the Volar Corporation of Jerry and Felicia Campbell, has won her last four starts, the last two easily. She finished fourth in a troubled debut at Tampa Bay Downs in March, but has not been headed since. She should receive considerable mutuel support. Ronnie Allen trains Bad Thing and will give a leg up to his son Mike on Saturday.

Baklava, owned by Farid Sefa and trainer Brenda Hill, broke her maiden here by 13 lengths May 25, and he could have won by more more if asked. Freddie Mata rides Baklava Saturday.

All fillies will carry 120 pounds in the Regret, which is the eighth of 10 races.