New Mexican horse ‘Runaway Ghost’ heads to Kentucky Derby
SUNLAND PARK, N.M. —
Runaway Ghost is galloping his way to the world’s most famous race, the Kentucky Derby.
Runaway Ghost secured 50 qualifying points to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby by winning the Sunland Derby on March 25 with a time of 1:49:20.
The horse is trained by El Paso native, Todd Fincher, and his owner and breeder is Joe Peacock of San Antonio. Tracy J. Hebert is his jockey. Hebert is put at a disadvantage, as he is blind in one eye. He says he uses his hearing to help sense when other horses are approaching.
Runaway Ghost was born at the Sunland Park track, in Southern New Mexico, where he learned to race as a foal. He is the offspring of Ghostzapper and Desert Rose. Gostzapper was also ridden by Hebert, while Desert Rose was also trained by Fincher.
Before heading off to Louisville, Kentucky, Runaway Ghost will have to do a few practice rounds, the first of which was Friday morning. Runaway Ghost will run out of the gates at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5, at Churchill Downs in Louisville.