07/22/2003 11:00PM

Great Lakes Downs track report


MUSKEGON, Mich. - A racing oddity occurred in Great Lakes Downs's first race Tuesday evening. When American Moxie won the maiden special weight race, he created not only a minus show pool, but a minus place pool and a minus win pool.

The board showed $2.10 for all straight mutuel bets. American Moxie, a Canadian son of Will's Way, combined with second-place Beniamino (6-1) to produce a paltry $5 exacta. Fappiano'srjourney (24-1) completed a $17.60 trifecta.

The win pool showed a deficit of $37 after the dust settled. The place pool was short $335, and the show pool was missing $5,913.

American Moxie, with a pair of seconds in his past, looked like a 1-20 shot as soon as the gates opened, cruising home easily by nearly three lengths under jockey Joe Judice.

Judice could have asked for more but had plenty in reserve at the wire. The meet's leading trainer, Gerald Bennett, trains the gelding for Elizabeth Weber.

* Judice started the racing week with a rare shutout on Friday. With six wins this week, Judice, second in the standings to Freddie Mata, needs just six more to reach 3,000 wins. On Monday, Judice won the seventh race aboard Rivets, the winningest horse this meet. Rivets has finished first in 5 of 8 starts.