04/01/2005 1:00AM

Only one can remain unbeaten


Sunday's $130,000 Copper Top Stakes at Sunland Park has lured 10 2-year-old New Mexico-breds going 4 1/2 furlongs - and with half of the runners unbeaten, something's got to give.

Favoritism on Sunday, final day of the Sunland meeting, may fall to Hometown Ghost. A son of Ghostly Moves trained by Terry Walker, Hometown Ghost dazzled in his debut here March 15. He blasted to an early seven-length lead at 4 1/2 furlongs, and not only maintained that advantage but stretched it out to nearly nine lengths, stopping the clock in 51.20 seconds. His 76 Beyer is much the best of this field.

Manolito likewise comes here unbeaten, with two wins. Owned by Guadalupe Hernandez, Manolito handily won his two-furlong debut here March 1, then came back to romp in a 4 1/2-furlong race on March 15, just about an hour after Hometown Ghost ran. Manolito, trained by Jose Gonzalez, earned a 51 Beyer for his time of 52.60, so he has some ground to make up on Hometown Ghost.

Flying Ghostly, by the same sire as Hometown Ghost and also trained by Walker, is unbeaten in two starts. He won his 4 1/2-furlong race March 15 in handy fashion in 52.80, for a 45 Beyer.

Kendle's Kash, trained by Henry Dominguez, went wire to wire in his debut, also March 15 at 4 1/2 furlongs, for a 55 Beyer.

Espanto Azul won his debut on the March 15 card in 52.20 to earn a 56 Beyer. Trained by Dominguez, he's another son of Ghostly Moves.

Espanto Azul won his debut from the far outside with a wide trip. He moves to the rail for this.