08/22/2001 12:00AM

Great Lakes Downs


MUSKEGON, Mich. - The wins keep coming for jockey Terry Houghton. The top rider at this western Michigan oval swept all three of last week's stakes and pushed his total wins at the meet to 154, more than twice as much as his nearest competitor. Houghton is winning at a 26 percent clip, with nearly 60 percent of his mounts finishing in the money.

On Friday evening, Houghton was aboard Born to Dance ($2.20), a Kentucky invader who was a handy winner for trainer James Jackson in the Temptress Stakes.

Midway Girl, a local favorite and the second choice in the race, stumbled and fell past the wire. There was an audible sigh of relief from the sizable crowd when the filly scampered to her feet after several minutes.

Houghton won Saturday's Moonbeam Handicap on Flyinghannah ($3) in a close photo over True Ruby. Flyinghannah, the Michigan 3-year-old filly champion last season who is owned by Hugo Leonardi, held on to give trainer Gerry Bennett the first of his two stakes wins for the week.

Monday evening Bennett saddled Spring Winds ($2.80) to an easy win in the Little Ones Stakes. The Wekiva Springs colt, with new rider Houghton, won by 8 1/2 lengths.