07/15/2003 11:00PM

Great Lakes track report


MUSKEGON, Mich. - The Rosendo Parra-owned entry of Sweetwater Promise and Born to Dance are two of the three Michigan champions who will run in Friday evening's Moonbeam Handicap at Great Lakes Downs. The $45,000 Moonbeam, at one mile, is for statebred fillies and mares. It will be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card, which gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

James Jackson trains both Sweetwater Promise and Born to Dance, both 4-year-old Service Stripe fillies. Jackson said that Born to Dance will run Friday, on six days' rest. Born to Dance finished third in last Saturday's $100,000 HBPA Handicap at Ellis Park.

Born to Dance was unbeatable here as a 2-year-old and was named the horse of the year in Michigan. But last year at 3, Sweetwater Promise proved better than her stablemate, winning both the Ann Arbor Stakes and the Michigan Oaks - the championship race. The entry has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for the Moonbeam.

Born to Dance won the Larkspur Stakes here by eight lengths prior to shipping to Ellis. Born to Dance drew post 4 and Jason Eads will make up most of her 124-pound highweight assignment. Sweetwater Promise will break from post 2, with Eads also named.

Sefas Rose, at 121 pounds, is coupled with Baklava and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line. The older distaff champion here last year, Sefas Rose prepped with an allowance win here June 28. She finished second to Born to Dance in the Larkspur. Joan Sefa and her late husband, Farid, bred Sefas Rose. Their daughter, Brenda Hill, trains the pair and owns Baklava with her mother.

* Jockey Joe Judice is poised to win his 3,000th race. Through Tuesday's racing, Judice had 2,988 victories, with 63 of them coming at Great Lakes Downs this season. He is currently fifth in the nation, with 170 wins.

Judice was the leading rider at Tampa Bay Downs this year and missed the first two weeks of this meet. He led in the standings here at one point, but currently is second to Freddie Mata, who has won 66 races.

Saturday, Judice had a four-bagger. He had three consecutive scores, starting with Wild Eyes in the third race. He won the fourth with Foreal and the fifth aboard To Be Springs. Judice then rode John the Broker to victory in the nightcap.

- Jockey Ron Gabriel had a triple on Monday's card. He teamed up with trainer George Iacovacci for back-to-back wins with Rip Roar'n Rita in the second and Classic Zone in the third. He then won with Finish Line in the eighth race.

- Trainer Sonia Slot won her first career race with Halo Springs. With Wade Rini in the irons, Halo Springs paid $37.60.