12/12/2005 12:00AM

Sunland Park: Ninety Nine Jack upsets


Ninety Nine Jack, dismissed at 16-1, won the $125,000 Johnie L. Jamison, but couldn't keep runner-up Rocky Gulch from setting history in the 6 1/2-furlong event for New Mexico-breds.

Trained by Michael Welch, Ninety Nine Jack stalked the pace set by Rocky Gulch, moved to engage him into the lane, and finally got the best of a stretch-long duel to win by a neck.

Ridden by Brian Theriot, Ninety Nine Jack paid $34, getting the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.15.

Rocky Gulch made the pace as the even-money favorite, battled gamely through the lane, and just missed. His second-place check of $26,250 pushed his earnings over $798,000, making him the richest New Mexico-bred of all time, passing Ciento, who has earnings of more than $776,000. Ciento is still active, however.

Bold Nxs rallied smartly from far back to be third, just a half-length behind Rocky Gulch.