09/04/2007 11:00PM

Rockem Sockem regains top form


Rockem Sockem, the Michigan horse of the year at 3 and 4, followed up a mild upset in the Michigan Breeders' Cup in July with a resounding win in Tuesday's $50,000 Frontier Stakes at Great Lakes Downs.

Rockem Sockem ($8.80) rallied from last in the field of seven to win by 5 1/4 lengths over favored Demagoguery. It was another 5 1/4 lengths back to Its His Time, sent off as a close second choice in the wagering.

The 6-year-old Rockem Sockem, who is owned by Henry Mast and trained by Robert Gorham, had a lackluster campaign in 2006, but has now won 2 of 5 starts this year, including a fourth in the Wolverine Stakes. Jockey Octavio Bernal has been aboard for the last four starts.

Gorham reported that Weatherstorm, the reigning state horse of the year, returned in good condition after suffering his second straight defeat. Weatherstorm, owned by Gorham's sister, Marion, failed to fire in the Frontier, as he did in a July stakes race.

* Jockey Jareth Loveberry registered his second stakes win just four days after his first when he led gate to wire aboard Silent Sunset ($8.60) in last Saturday's $50,000 Farer Belle Lee Handicap. It took a long photo to separate her by a whisker over Nell's Enjoyment, who was flying at the end.

Silent Sunset, second in the July 21 Moonbeam Handicap, is owned by trainer Joseph and Diane Lewis.

* Trainer John Rupert and owner Thomas Vanderhyde teamed up for three wins on Monday's card. They won the opening daily double with Free Enterprise ($13.80) and Physicalattraction ($4.80). Bernal rode Free Enterprise and Freddie Mata was aboard Physicalattraction. Bernal then booted home Burning Element ($6.40) in the seventh to give Vanderhyde and Rupert their third tally on the program.