10/23/2002 11:00PM

Great Lakes track report


MUSKEGON, Mich. - Sickle's Image winner Jean's Way heads a field of 11 in the $45,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Great Lakes Downs.

The Michigan Juvenile Fillies, previously run at a mile and 70 yards, has been shortened to seven furlongs this year. It will be presented as the first of nine races set to begin at a special post time of 6 p.m. Eastern because of the Breeders' Cup.

If all start, Jean's Way, owned by Valerie Irvine, will have the distinction of being the only runner to ever start from post 11 at this five-furlong oval. An exception was made to allow up to 12 starters in this weekend's juvenile stakes races, which start in the seven-furlong chute.

Jean's Way, a Farma Way filly, is owned, trained, and was bred by James Jackson, Michigan's top breeder last year. She will be ridden by Joe Judice and will carry 122 pounds, as will her 10 rivals.

Sailing Sal, the Michigan Sire Stakes champion, will break from post 2 with Wade Rini aboard. She is trained by Gerald Bennett, who won last year's local training title and is three wins behind Richard Rettele this season.