05/26/2004 11:00PM

Great Lakes Downs track report


MUSKEGON, Mich. - Rockem Sockem, the hottest runner at last year's Great Lakes Downs meet, faces six Michigan-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings in theLansing Stakes. The $40,000 Lansing will be run at six furlongs.

A three-time stakes winner, Rockem Sockem, owned by Henry Mast, at first raced in the shadow of stablemate Heza Mountain Man, who is also entered in the Lansing. After a second in the Little Ones, he won the Patrick Wood Stakes. Rockem Sockem won the Michigan Sire Stakes and then he and Heza Mountain Man, who are both trained by Bob Gorham, won divisions of the Michigan Futurity.

Rockem Sockem was second in his 2004 debut, beaten less than a length by the older past Michigan champion Secret Romeo. Terry Houghton has the call on Rockem Sockem, who is 7-5 on the morning line.

Heza Mountain Man, the likely second choice, is owned by John and Jan Buth and Marion Gorham, sister of the trainer. Heza Mountain Man was fourth in his only start this year, an allowance event on May 17. Joe Judice will be in to ride.

Heza Mountain Man and Rockem Sockem will race as separate interests.