08/08/2006 11:00PM

Great Lakes Downs track report

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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.