05/24/2003 12:00AM

Thistledown: Just Michel stays up


NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - Just Michel had to survive a stewards' inquiry and a rider's claim of foul before being awarded the win in the $35,000 Brent's Princess Stakes.

Jockey Michael Rowland, aboard third-place finisher Tisourturn, claimed interference against Just Michel and runner-up Mercer's Launch. Tisourturn was put up to second and Mercer's Launch was dropped to third, but Just Michel remained the winner.

Just Michel, ridden by Ricardo Feliciano, ran the six furlongs in 1:12.26 and paid $25.20. She is owned by M.Y. Stables Inc. and trained by Michael Nance.