03/29/2004 1:00AM

Hi Teck Man wins WinStar Derby at 46-1

Bill Pitt, Jr.
Hi Teck Man ($94.60) holds off Consecrate by a half-length to upset the $500,000 WinStar Derby Sunday and give local rider Ricardo Jaime a sweep of Sunland Park's richest 3-year-old stakes. New Mexico-bred Rocky Gulch finished third.

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. - Sunland jockey Ricardo Jaime completed the most unlikely of sweeps when he guided Bonnie and Hassel Spraberry's Hi Teck Man to an upset victory in Sunday's $500,000 . Just 24 hours previously he had been aboard Speedy Falcon for her win in the $261,500 WinStar Sunland Park Oaks, giving local horses wins in both of the track's richest races.

Hi Teck Man had drawn post ten in the 1 1/16 mile race and Jaime was left with no choice but to take the first turn four wide. Jaime then allowed his mount to settle on the backstretch as Hosco set the early fractions with Victory Light pressing him through a half in 46.06. Hi Teck Man, still four wide, then began to pick up horses on the second turn and reached the lead soon after entering the stretch. By the sixteenth pole Jaime and Hi Teck Man had a clear lead as Javier Santiago and the Bob Baffert-trained Consecrate had just found their best stride, but alas, it was too late. Jaime and Hi Teck Man held on to a half-length advantage at the wire. Baffert now holds the distinction of finishing second in the first two runnings of the WinStar, having sent out Spensive for an eerily similiar effort in 2003. Final time for the race was 1:43.20.

For Jaime, a 36-year-old native of Vacatecas, Mexico, the weekend "was a dream come true, just unbelieveable. My horse felt strong all the way around and just ran awesome."

Trainer Johnnie Nall was equally thrilled. "Last year I made up my mind that someday I would run a horse in this race but I never could have imagined it would be this soon and that I would win," she said.

Hi Teck Man returned a whopping $94.60 and triggered an exacta payoff of $495.60 and a trifecta of $4730.60. A very consistent horse bred in Texas by his owners, Hi Teck Man now sports a 9-6-2-1 career record and $496,441 in earnings. New Mexico-bred Rocky Gulch finished third, two lengths behind the winner.

All time Sunland Park records were set in attendance with 12,356 and single race handle with $680,401. Total handle on the day was $1,570,248.