Some Ghost, New Mexico's champion racehorse of 2007, registered an emphatic fourth straight victory in the $100,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap for state-breds at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Jan. 4.
The 8-year-old bay gelding by Ghostly Moves powered wide through the stretch to win by 1 3/4 lengths in the 1 1/16-mile mile feature. Trainer Jess Alley’s star runner has dominated this race since 2006.
Let go as the 3-1 second choice, Some Ghost turned the tables on the heavily bet 6-5 favorite Cattleman Prospect. Some Ghost responded eagerly for jockey Ken Tohill at the top of the stretch, pulling clear of his rival and defeating the late-running Captain Cooper.
“I got the chance to work this horse off and on for the last few years," Tohill said. "Jess said I would get a chance at some point. Today was one of the toughest fields he has faced, and he still kind of toyed with them. I didn’t mind going wide. He still had plenty of finish at the end.”
One of Sunland Park's all-time popular runners, Some Ghost scored his 14th career victory from 38 starts. He earned $60,000 for owner Stan Fulton of Las Vegas. Some Ghost has earned $771,877 in his career. He has won nearly $560,000 over Sunland Park soil.
Some Ghost ($8.20) swept through the blustery conditions in a good 1:44.56. He rebounded from back-to-back fourth-place finishes in state-bred stakes, most recentlly the Johnie L. Jamison at Sunland Dec. 14.
Cattleman Prospect, a five-time stakes winner in 2008, ran out of steam in the stretch and finished fourth.