12/11/2009 12:00AM

Negotiablafections streaking


The last horse to defeat Negotiablafections was Peppers Pride, who was closing out her historic 19-for-19 career in the New Mexico Racing Commission Handicap at Sunland. Fast forward to this year's $125,000 renewal of the race Sunday, and the horse to beat is Negotiablafections.

She has raced three times since playing runner-up to Peppers Pride, winning an allowance, a starter allowance, and the $182,000 Peppers Pride Filly and Mare Championship on the New Mexico Cup program at Zia Park in her last start Nov. 8.

"She's doing great, and I expect her to give it her all like she always does," said Todd Fincher, who trains Negotiablafections for Terry Millenbine.

The New Mexico Racing Commission will share a card with the $125,000 Johnie Jamison Handicap. Both races are for statebreds, with 3-year-olds and up going 6 1/2 furlongs in the Jamison, and fillies and mares racing six furlongs in the New Mexico Racing Commission.

Negotiablafections is cutting back from a mile off her front-running win in the Peppers Pride. She will break from post 5 in the field of 12.

"We just want to let her run her race and not get caught up in a duel," said Fincher.

Alfredo Juarez has the mount on Negotiablafections, a 5-year-old mare who overall is 6 for 8.

The chief threat could be Let the Musicbegin, who was second in the Peppers Pride. Martin Bourdieu has the mount for trainer Claire Greenwood.

Jamison: More ground for Lefty Who

Lefty Who has never finished worse than second in his 11-race career, and on Sunday should like the bit of additional ground he gets in the Jamison off a runner-up finish last out in the $150,000 New Mexico Cup Championship for 3-year-olds. He rallied from seventh in that six-furlong race, and is returning Sunday to the six and a half furlong distance over which he won the $75,000 Dine at SunRay Park in June. Carlos Madeira has the mount for trainer Joel Marr.

Others making up the 12-horse field include Lesters Secret, who won the 3-year-old Championship at Zia, and Some Ghost, a 10-time winner at Sunland who is making his first start since taking the $100,000 Jack Cole Handicap at SunRay in May.