02/28/2008 12:00AM

Some Ghost heads familiar cast


Some Ghost finished second in Sunland Park's New Mexico State University Stakes last year, a neck behind Rocky Gulch, the richest New Mexico-bred of all time. Some Ghost will try to go one better on Saturday when he carries high weight of 122 pounds in the $125,000 race. The mile race for New Mexico-breds attracted a field of eight, many of whom are familiar with each other.

A 7-year-old gelding owned by Stan Fulton and trained by Jess Alley, Some Ghost is still in the superb form that has gotten him to 11 wins in 33 starts and over $601,000 in earnings. He finished in the top three in each of his last 10 starts. He won the New Mexico Cup Classic at Zia Park at this distance on Nov. 11, defeating Romeos Wilson, who is also in Saturday's race. Romeos Wilson then defeated Some Ghost in the John L. Jamison on Dec. 16, but their order was reversed again when Some Ghost easily won the Alberto Dominguez Memorial Jan. 6, with Romeos Wilson running third.

Some Ghost was last seen in an allowance sprint at Sunland Feb. 10. He rallied strongly to be second at 1-2, unable to catch multiple stakes winner Ninety Nine Jack, another familiar rival he must deal with on Saturday. Casey Lambert rides.

Romeos Wilson, 10, is owned by Rita Danley and trained by Fred Danley, and has 16 wins from 67 starts while earning more than $670,000. He beat a number of his Saturday rivals in a mile optional claimer here Feb. 9. Alfredo Juarez Jr. rides at 121 pounds.

Ninety Nine Jack, 9, is capable of big things when in the mood. A winner of 18 of 48 starts and over $573,000, he was gone from August 2006 to October 2007, and his return form wasn't sharp - at least not until last time. He looked like his old self winning a tough allowance sprint at Sunland on Feb. 10, beating Some Ghost. Jorge Martin Bourdieu rides at 118.

Fullofenergy, 5, has been knocking heads with the top three the past few seasons. He came back after three months away to run a game second, beaten a neck, in an optional claiming sprint won by Romeos Wilson. Carlos Madeira rides.