The New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association announced its 2008 state-bred champions at its annual awards banquet held at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque, N.M. Jan. 29.
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.
Undefeated Peppers Pride left the door open for a challenge, but once again she proved too tough for her state-bred competitors, holding sway for her record 18th consecutive win in the $177,615 New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Stakes at Zia Park Nov. 9.
Front-running Rocky Gulch was tiring fast in Sunday's $147,200 New Mexico Cup Classic at Zia Park under his 127-pound impost, but under powerful urging from jockey Jorge Bourdieu, the 4-year-old gelding got the job done as the prohibitive favorite.
New Mexico-bred hero Rocky Gulch will highlight Sunday's first-ever $1.4 million New Mexico Cup day at Zia Park. The state-bred festival will offer seven stakes races for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses.
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