07/27/2005 12:00AM

Great Lakes track report


Dorthys Champ took the lead right out of the gate and had the others chasing in his 2 3/4-length upset of Rockem Sockem in Tuesday's $50,000 Michigan Breeders' Cup Handicap at Great Lakes Downs.

Dorthys Champ ($38.40) also left his more highly regarded stablemate, favored Above the Wind, in his wake.

Trained by Ronnie Allen, Dorthys Champ was a 12-length winner in a sprint allowance, but had never before been able to carry his speed in a route. Jorge Collazo Jr. picked up the mount after Freddie Mata stayed with Above the Wind, who finished fifth.

* Earlier on the card, Fiji Island won her maiden at second asking. She controlled the pace and won comfortably by three lengths.

Trainer James Jackson said later that "she's as good a filly as I've had my hands on," which is no small statement as Jackson also trains Born to Dance, who was the Michigan horse of the year in 2001 as a 2-year-old and kept graded stakes company last winter in California.

"I believe she will be one of the better fillies, just like Born to Dance," Jackson said.