08/09/2006 12:00AM

Great Lakes Downs track report


Felipe Santos has won many races since moving to the United States from the Domincan Republic in 1983, but last Saturday he won his first as a citizen of this country.

Santos, who is eighth in the Great Lakes standings, took his oath of citizenship on Aug. 4 in Ohio and returned to ride here the next day. He guided Importantbusiness around the field on the final turn in the six-furlong race and was up late to win by a head while wearing red, white, and blue silks.

* Trainer John Rupert will marry longtime girlfriend Jennifer Weenum on Friday in a ceremony on a beach in Charleston, S.C. Rupert, a successful jockey in the Midwest before turning to training, met Weenum in 2000. Weenum is a third-year law student at the University of Michigan and just completed an internship at a Lexington, Ky., law firm.