10/12/2003 11:00PM

Victory for Sefas Rose her third in a Sire Stakes


MUSKEGON, Mich. - On Saturday's Michigan Sire Stakes card, which featured six races for the progeny of Michigan stallions, Sefas Rose won a Sire Stakes for the third straight year, and Goldinrunner established himself as the top handicap runner in the state. Each of the six races was worth just over $120,000.

In the Sire Stakes for fillies and mares, Sefas Rose took command from the outset and won by nine lengths in 1:54.41 for 1 1/8 miles under jockey Freddie Mata.

Goldinrunner beat his stablemate Secret Romeo, Michigan's 2002 horse of the year, in the Sire Stakes for 4-year-olds and up. Luis Martinez was in the saddle for leading trainer Gerald Bennett, who also won on the program with Monetary Star.

* Monetary Star, who won the juvenile division last season, led gate to wire under Joe Judice, winning the Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings by nearly six lengths.

* Trainer Bob Gorham and jockey Tommy Molina won both of the juvenile races. Rockem Sockem won the Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings by 12 lengths and Send 'em Pakin, won the 2-year-old filly race by two lengths.

* Clever Moon got up late for a neck victory in the 3-year-old filly division.