02/19/2009 12:00AM

Some Ghost eyes repeat


The best of New Mexico's older division will assemble Saturday at Sunland Park for the $125,000 New Mexico University Handicap. A field of eight New Mexico-breds will line up to go 1 1/16 miles in the featured 10th of 11 races.

Some Ghost, victorious in the Albert Dominguez Memorial here Jan. 4 and the winner of this race a year ago, appears to be the one to beat Saturday. The Jess Alley charge is a longtime fixture at Sunland, having won 10 of his 28 starts here. Some Ghost, 8, is showing no signs of slowing down and should have ample pace to work with as he employs his late-running style. Ken Tohill returns to the saddle at 121 pounds.

Another familiar face in Saturday's headliner is Cattleman Prospect. A Prospector Jones gelding, Cattleman Prospect is a five-time winner locally and has finished second 12 times. He is trained by J.R. Gonzalez Jr. and will be seeking to make amends for a fourth-place finish to Some Ghost in the Dominguez last time as the 6-5 favorite. Alfredo Juarez Jr. rides at 122 pounds.

Daddy O. makes his stakes debut in the New Mexico University off an easy score in allowance company here Feb. 8.

Also trained by Gonzalez but not coupled in the wagering with Cattleman Prospect, Daddy O. has won his last two races by a combined 20 1 /2 lengths and appears ready to take the next step up the class ladder. Alejandro Medellin has the call at 116 pounds.

Captain Cooper, who has failed to be involved in the trifecta only one time in 13 starts the last two seasons, will once again have his share of backers. The 6-year-old Captain Cooper is another who will be doing his best running late. He will carry 117 pounds, including Casey Lambert.

* New Mexico-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses will have the spotlight Sunday in the $125,000 NMHBA Stakes. Ten will dash 400 yards, with Fidelsroyaleyes and Bp Cartels Miracle likely to vie for the role of favorite.