07/23/2002 11:00PM

Great Lakes track report


MUSKEGON, Mich. - Leading rider Terry Houghton capped off his week with a five-bagger Tuesday evening at Great Lakes Downs, which in some circles jokingly has become known as "Houghton Downs."

Houghton, the runaway leader at this meet, rode 10 winners here on the week, despite being absent Saturday, when he traveled to Thistledown to capture the Isi Newborn Memorial Stakes aboard local champion Secret Romeo. Houghton and trainer Gerald Bennett also teamed up to score with Rhythmair earlier on the Ohio Derby card.

Houghton leads the standings here with 133 wins, 60 more than his closest competitor, Freddie Mata. Nationally, he is third behind Russell Baze and Ramon Dominguez with 210 wins through Tuesday's racing.

* On Friday, nine 3-year-olds will run in the $20,000 Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Stallion Service Auction Stakes. American Deputy, owned by Erin Gorham and Mast Thoroughbreds, will try to repeat his allowance win here June 28. Trained by Bob Gorham, American Deputy was a close fourth in the $40,000 Lansing Stakes in his previous start.

The race features four offspring of Farid and Pat Sefa's stallion Sefapiano, including their curiously named colt, Miss Lexington. Agent Frank Garoufalis blamed the name on a paperwork snafu.