06/03/2003 11:00PM

Great Lakes Downs track report


MUSKGEGON, Mich. - Secret Romeo, the top horse at the Great Lakes Downs 2002 meeting, and Sweetwater Promise, who like Secret Romeo was a Michigan Sire Stakes winner last year, will both race at Great Lakes this weekend.

Secret Romeo, owned by Tony Catenacci and trained by Gerald Bennett, scored an impressive win over allowance company here May 17 in his only start this year. He runs in Saturday's $45,000 Wolverine Stakes, a race Secret Romeo won last season. The Wolverine is at six furlongs.

Freddie Mata, who has ridden Secret Romeo in his last five races, including four wins, will again be aboard. Secret Romeo, a 5-year-old son of Service Stripe, gets in at 120 pounds under the allowance conditions.

Sweetwater Promise, a winner of three straight stakes here last meet, was made the morning-line favorite in Friday's $45,000 Larkspur Handicap at six furlongs. Owned by Rosendo Parra, she will be coupled with Born to Dance, the 2001 Great Lakes horse of the year as a juvenile. James Jackson trains both horses.

Sweetwater Promise has raced in Kentucky since the Great Lakes meet closed last October, winning an allowance race at Turfway Park in four starts. Joe Judice will be back in the irons at 117.

Born to Dance, a recent winner at Keeneland, carries 121, including Jason Eads, a new rider here.

Sefas Rose, who won her division of last year's Sire Stakes, and Baklava were installed as the second choice in the program.

Sefas Rose is topweighted at 122 pounds.

* Judice climbed to the top of the jockey standings, thanks in part to a five-bagger on Tuesday's card. He now has 31 wins at the meet, one more than Mary Doser.

* Ronnie Gabriel has won nine races at this meet, four on Monday. He won on Hungarian Beauty in the second, Kick It in Gear in the third, Bruneau Dunes in the seventh, and Winning Sweep in the eighth.