08/23/2006 12:00AM

Return bout for Lootie, Wazzu Red


AUBURN, Wash. - Lootie and Wazzu Red, the second- and third-place finishers in an Aug. 10 allowance, will be rematched in Friday's feature at Emerald Downs. The feature is a six-furlong affair for 2-year-old fillies who have started for a claiming price of $20,000 or less, and it has drawn a field of seven.

Lootie and Wazzu Red will be relieved to see that Friday's field does not include Asuraslew, who won the Aug. 10 race by 9 1/2 lengths as the overwhelming favorite. Lootie held second by almost two lengths over Wazzu Red after setting the early pace.

The allowance was the second outing for Lootie, a daughter of Commandperformance trained by Robbie Baze. She won her debut against $12,500 maidens on July 27, when she got 4 1/2 furlongs in 52.20 seconds and prevailed by 1 1/2 lengths. Edwin Fuentes, who has been up for both of Lootie's starts, again has the mount.

Wazzu Red, an Exploit filly trained by Roy Lumm, scored her maiden win over $20,000 company in her third start July 4, when she got 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05. She raced between one and two lengths behind Lootie throughout the Aug. 10 race and will need only modest improvement to turn the tables Friday. Sandi Gann will ride.

Also dangerous is Sparkling Tapestry, who defeated $12,500 maidens in June before finishing fourth, beaten 13 1/2 lengths by Judicature, in the 6 1/2-furlong Knights Choice Stakes on Aug. 12.