01/22/2003 1:00AM

Sunland Park: Sedillo does it right


SUNLAND PARK, N.M. - Trainer Carlos "Charlie" Sedillo is one of several local trainers who have mastered the claiming game. This week Sedillo won two races with horses recently claimed on behalf of M.J. Hand and partners' Three H Racing.

Trainer Steve Asmussen routinely ships horses here and runs them in spots where they are virtually unbeatable. On Jan. 10 Sedillo said enough is enough, and spent $12,500 on the 4-year-old filly Take Out the Trash, an Asmussen trainee. Even though she is still eligible for nonwinners-other-than, Sedillo took a chance and ran her back Sunday in a classified allowance race against some of the tougher sprinting mares on the grounds - and she won by more than four lengths. Take Out the Trash earned $19,080 for her new connections and paid $22.40.

On Tuesday, Sedillo struck again, this time with Eff Sixx, a 4-year-old gelding who came into his own as a successful lower-level claimer this past summer. On the heels of four straight wins, he had reached the $12,500 level by Jan. 5, when Sedillo dropped a claim in for him. Eff Sixx's win streak was halted that day as he was bumped around at the start and defeated by three lengths. Sedillo ran him back for $10,000 and Eff Sixx scored an upset at $11.40.

Open claiming races at the $10,000 level carry a purse of $20,000 here, giving Eff Sixx a $12,000 check for his win. All told, Sedillo claimed two horses for Three H Racing at a combined cost of $25,000 and earned $31,080 in the course of 16 days. Adan Fuentes was aboard for both wins.

* Sunland's twin trifecta has reached $36,128 going into Friday's card. The twin tri takes place on third and fourth races each day.