07/03/2002 11:00PM

Great Lakes: Horse of the Year runs


MUSKEGON, Mich. - Born to Dance, last year's Michigan horse of the year, heads a field of seven 3-year-old fillies entered in the $45,000, seven-furlong Plymouth Stakes at Great Lakes Downs.

Born to Dance, owned by Ro Parra and trained by James Jackson, was undefeated over this track last year. In her first start here this season, Born to Dance was humbled by the older Sefa's Rose in the Larkspur Handicap.

Returning in the June 16 Regret Stakes, Born to Dance showed her championship form by posting a handy seven-length win over Bad Thing. Leading rider Terry Houghton will break Born to Dance from post 2.

Bad Thing, owned by the Volar Corporation of Jerry and Felicia Campbell, won her maiden at Tampa Bay Downs and then was never headed as she reeled off three allowance wins here. She set the pace but couldn't match strides with Born to Dance in the Regret. Trainer Ronnie Allen has given the mount to his son, Mike.

The Plymouth, from the rail out, will consist of Luanne's Gift, Mary Doser; Born to Dance; Lofty Flare, Roberto Perez; April Lilly, Luis Martinez Jr.; Baklava, Freddie Mata; Bad Thing; and Part Magic, Luis J. Martinez.

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