01/23/2002 12:00AM



Harry "Red" Hedeman, longtime clerk of scales on the New Mexico circuit, died Jan. 21 at age 70 of heart failure at his home in Morgan Mill, Texas.

Hedeman had been retired from racing for three years and was scheduled to be buried on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Hedeman's name is also well-known in rodeo circles as one of his sons, Richard, is a world champion bull rider, and another son, Gary, is a rodeo bull-fighter. Hedeman is also survived by a daughter, Jane.

* Trainer Carlos Sedillo had a day to remember Tuesday afternoon, as he sent out three winners, two of whom carried extra significance. In the second, Sedillo sent out his old warrior, Iron Project, a Quarter Horse out of a Thoroughbred mare, to win his 20th career race from 56 starts and push his earnings over $133,000, returning $2.80 under Juan Vasquez. In the ninth, Richland Holme, whom Sedillo claimed on Jan. 12 for $12,500 on behalf of Three H Racing, gave his new owners a quick return on their investment with a win at the $20,000 level, covering six furlongs in a speedy 1:10.53 with Jorge Bourdieu up, paying $18.20. Easy N Royal completed the triple for Sedillo, winning the third with Vasquez and returning $3.80.

* Also on Tuesday, Yulla Yulla, the pride of New Mexico racing, rebounded off a tough loss in her first career route race on Jan. 2 for trainer Johnnie Jamison and owner Frank Macaron. In a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race, Yulla Yulla rated just off the pace for jockey Miguel Fuentes, took over on the far turn and drew off in the stretch, covering the distance in 1:17.60 and returning $4.20.