12/15/2003 1:00AM

Sunland: Ciento repeats in Jamison


SUNLAND PARK, N.M. - Ciento capped off a stellar season with a dramatic late run to win the second running of the $125,000-added Johnie L. Jamison Handicap at Sunland Park.

Ciento, who also took the inaugural running of the race named for the legendary Southwest horseman, never had an opportunity to save ground from post 12, while 3-year-old Hesa Bad Cat, who broke from the rail, was sailing along. As late as the sixteenth pole Ciento looked hopelessly beaten in fifth place. Hesa Bad Cat began to shorten stride noticeably in the waning yards, however, giving Ciento and jockey Sal Gonzalez Jr. the only advantage they needed to gain a neck victory.

Trained by Dick Cappellucci, Ciento closes his 5-year-old campaign with four wins and a second from five starts. Ciento covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.40. The $79,920 he earned in the Jamison put him at $214,284 in 2003 and made him one of the few New Mexico-breds to earn more than $500,000.