08/20/2003 11:00PM

Great Lakes: 'Mountain Man' leads


MUSKEGON, Mich. - Heza Mountain Man, who won his maiden by a widening six lengths in his last start, heads a full field of 10 Michigan-bred juvenile colts and geldings in the $45,000 Little Ones Stakes on Saturday evening. The Little Ones is contested at 5 1/2 furlongs around two turns and will be the fifth of eight races on the card.

Heza Mountain Man is owned by John and Jan Buth and Marion Gorham and is trained by Bob Gorham, who is third in the local standings. Gorham will also saddle Rockem Sockem for his sister, Marion, in the Little Ones.

Joe Judice, who recently rode his 3,000th career winner, will pick up the mount on Heza Mountain Man, who rallied late to just miss in his debut early last month before impressing in his July 20 maiden victory.

Cool Competitor, who won his only start by three-quarters of a length, was entered by leading trainer Gerald Bennett and gets the services of leading jockey Freddie Mata. A Wind Chill colt, Cool Competitor is part of a Thomas Vanderhyde-owned entry with first-time starter Bold Action.

The Little Ones field, from the rail out, consists of Heza Mountain Man; Elite Service, Colin Skinner the rider; Cool Competitor; Diamond a Day, Jeff Faul; Bold Action, Octavio Bernal; King of the Valley, Jason Eads; Diablo de Viernes, Felipe Santos; Zone It, James Schwartz; Hephzi Bah, Lenny Frazzitta Jr.; and Rockem Sockem, Tommy Molina.

All starters will carry 119 pounds.