08/16/2001 12:00AM

Great Lakes Downs: Moonbeam


MUSKEGON, Mich. - Flyinghannah, the top 3-year-old Michigan-bred filly last year, will carry top weight of 121 pounds and face nine state-bred fillies and mares in Saturday's $50,000 Moonbeam Handicap at 1 1/16 miles at Great Lakes Downs.

Flyinghannah, a daughter of Sefapiano who is owned and was bred by Leonardi Racing Stable, has won three of her five starts this year, with all three wins coming in local allowance races.

In June, she had a five-race winning streak ended when she lost to Sefa's Rose in the Larkspur Handicap. She then traveled to Arlington Park, where she was fourth to stakes winner The Happy Hopper. Flyinghannah was an impressive winner of the Moonbeam prep in her most recent start Aug. 3. She has won nine of 13 starts at this track, including three stakes.

Leading trainer Gerald Bennett will saddle Flyinghannah and has named Terry Houghton, the top jockey at the meet, to ride. Flyinghannah drew post 9 and will be coupled with Prized Diamond, who is trained by David Kesler.

Facing Flyinghannah, from the rail out, are Marra Jane, Shelley Moran in the irons, 107 pounds; Double Hat Trick, Louis Stokes, 113; Foregone Reason, Janell Gruss, 110; Prima Gold, Freddie Mata, 117; Take the Lady Out, Paul Melancon, 117; Wild About Jackie, Al Jawny, 118; True Ruby, Mary Doser, 112; Prized Diamond, Luis Martinez, 116; and Native Ann, Felipe Santos, 111. Marra Jane and Prima Gold will also be coupled in the wagering.