02/22/2006 12:00AM

Sunland Park track report


The New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association announced its year-end awards for 2005, and to no one's surprise Rocky Gulch took the spotlight.

A son of Dry Gulch, Rocky Gulch was named champion older male after scoring three stakes wins, including the $147,200 New Mexico Cup Classic at Zia Park on Nov. 6.

Owned by his breeder, Larry Teague, Rocky Gulch also won the New Mexico State University and the Mt. Cristo Rey handicaps at Sunland Park. He is also the richest New Mexico-bred of all time.

In the older female division, Latenite Special picked up top honors. A daughter of Super Special owned by Terence Baldwin, Latenite Special won three stakes races in 2005, including the New Mexico Cup Fillies and Mares Stakes at Zia Park.

Latenite Special's strong season helped her dam, the Carson City mare Latenite Lady, earn broodmare of the year honors. Latenite Lady is owned by Pierre and Leslie Amestoy, and all four of her sons and daughters won at least one race this year, including juvenile stakes winner Latenite Band. The Amestoys were recognized as the state's outstanding breeders.

In the juvenile divisions, Copper Top Futurity winner Manolito took top male honors, and Peppers Pride took top 2-year-old filly honors. A daughter of Desert God, Peppers Pride won stakes at Ruidoso Downs and Zia Park.

Hollywood Gone won three stakes in 2005 to take 3-year-old filly honors, and the gelding C. G's Dollar was named top 3-year-old male after winning three stakes last year.