09/16/2006 12:00AM

Its His Time flawless at meet


MUSKEGON, Mich. - Its His Time will try to keep his perfect season at Great Lakes Downs intact when he faces nine rivals in the $50,000 Frontier Handicap on Monday evening. The 1 1/8-mile feature, being run for the 82nd time, is the fifth race on the card, which begins at 5:10 Eastern.

Its His Time has won three races at the meet, including the Wolverine Stakes and the Michigan Breeders Handicap. His lone blemish for the year was a third in allowance company at Mountaineer Park in between the two stakes wins. Its His Time will be asked to carry top weight of 123 pounds in the Frontier. Regular jockey Mike Allen will ride for trainer Ronnie Allen. Dorthys Champ, an allowance winner at the meet, will be coupled with Its His Time as both are owned by the Volar Corp.

Rockem Sockem, the reigning Michigan horse of the year, gets in at 118 pounds and gets the services of leading rider Terry Houghton. Trained by Robert Gorham, Rockem Sockem last won in May but has been in the money in every race since then, including the Wolverine and Michigan Breeders. He was third in a tight photo in his last start on Aug. 26.

Trainer Richard Rettele has entered Meadow Vespers, who carries 117 pounds, and named Mary Doser to ride. Meadow Vespers has been quite consistent, with two wins and three seconds along with his third-place finish to Its His Time and Rockem Sockem in the Michigan Breeders. He has been worse than third only twice in his career.

Leading trainer Gerald Bennett has entered a pair. Demagoguery, who beat Meadow Vespers and Rockem Sockem on Aug. 26, will race coupled with Goldinrunner, who has won his last two starts, both claiming events.

Medication levels lowered

Threshold levels for several medications, including clenbuterol, pyrilamine, caffeine, and procaine, were reduced Saturday. The adjustments were announced by Michigan racing commissioner Christine White in a Friday press release.

Commission veterinarian William Frank said in the release: "Upon reviewing the current medication and illegal substance sensitivity, our office determined that Michigan's minimum threshold levels were relatively high and an adjustment was in order."

Frank recommended that horsemen consult their vets in regard to dosages under the new standards.