01/28/2002 12:00AM

Aqueduct: Totaly Wild refuses to lose


JAMAICA, N.Y. - In an extraordinarily game performance, Totaly Wild lost the lead at the quarter pole in the $84,900 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct but battled back bravely along the rail to win the race by a neck over Madame X Ski.

Under jockey Chuck Lopez, Totaly Wild set the pace in the mile-and-70-yard Busanda through six furlongs in 1:12.99. Madame X Ski, the favorite in the 11-horse field of 3-year-old fillies, ranged up on the outside to wrest the lead from Totaly Wild at the top of the stretch. Totaly Wild dug in to take back the lead from the favorite with 70 yards remaining.

Sideways finished third, two lengths behind Madame X Ski. The final time over a fast track was 1:43.40.

Totally Wild ($22.80) is owned and trained by the Maryland-based Tony Dutrow.

Dutrow said Totaly Wild's determination wowed him. "For her to come back like that was amazing," said Dutrow.

He said Totaly Wild will return to Aqueduct for the $75,000-added Busher on March 2.