11/02/2005 12:00AM

Great Lakes track report


Rockem Sockem's overwhelming 13-length victory in the Michigan Sire Stakes last month earned him repeat honors as Michigan horse of the year at Tuesday's awards ceremony at Great Lakes Downs. Rockem Sockem is owned by the meet's champion owner, Henry Mast, and trained by Dr. Bob Gorham.

Rockem Sockem won just twice this year, also taking the Wolverine Stakes in June, but was second in four other starts, including two stakes. Gorham said that Rockem Sockem, now 4, will get a 60-day rest before preparing for the 2006 Great Lakes meet, which opens on May 6.

Gorham also was the trainer of the top juvenile male, Weatherstorm, who is owned by his sister, Marion. Weatherstorm won his division of the Sire Stakes by 16 lengths.

Trainer James Jackson picked up a trio of awards, winning with the 2-year-old filly Fiji Island and the older mare Sweetwater Promise, both of whom are owned by Ro Parra. Jackson also won with Special Envoy, who was voted top claimer. Special Envoy races for Jackson's wife, Laura.

Scott Sowle trains the meet's best 3-year-old filly, Creative Miss, who is owned by Todd Weddon.

The 3-year-old male division resulted in a tie between Speak of Kings, owned by Florence Murray, and It's His Time, owned by the Volar Corp. Wayne Minnock trains Speak of Kings, and Ronnie Allen trains It's His Time.

The awards for leading trainer and rider went to Gerald Bennett and jockey Terry Houghton, respectively. Omar Mendez was honored as the top groom at the meet. Racing commissioner Christine White was on hand to make the presentations.

* Charedi's Peak may not have repeated her 22-length maiden win, but she was an easy six-length winner of Tuesday's Michigan Juvenile Fillies under jockey Freddie Mata. Ronnie Allen trains the undefeated Charedi's Peak.