01/25/2006 12:00AM

Sunland Park track report


It wasn't as easy as her previous three wins, but Peppers Pride remained unbeaten with a terrific late rally in last Saturday's $125,000 La Senora Handicap at Sunland Park, drawing rave reviews from her trainer, Joel Marr.

"She's one of the best fillies I have ever trained," Marr said. "It's a pretty good feeling. She makes things easier on me."

The 3-year-old Peppers Pride powered through the final furlong to overhaul the speedy Zzzs Ghost, who had opened up a four-length lead in midstretch. Peppers Pride, the 3-2 favorite, responded powerfully under jockey Carlos Madeira and blew on by late to win the six-furlong race.

* Alfredo Juarez Jr. is closing in on a milestone. When he guided Shemoveslikeaghost to a nose win in last Sunday's ninth race it was his 998th career Thoroughbred victory. Tuesday, he took heavily favored Frisky Money to a wire-to-wire score in race 11 to post his 999th victory in a Thoroughbred race. He has more than 1,000 wins counting all breeds.

Juarez had success in Mexico before coming to the U.S. in 1996 and continued to do well at Emerald Downs, Hawthorne, Arlington, Santa Fe, and Ruidoso before moving his tack to Turf Paradise a couple seasons ago. He finished second in the Sunland standings last year and this season tied for third with 14 wins through Tuesday. Ken Tohill leads with 35, followed by Brian Peck (16), and then Juarez, Casey Lambert, and Carlos Madeira (14 each).