02/28/2002 1:00AM

Totally Wild is the one


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Trainer Tony Dutrow won't be playing his strongest hand when he goes for his fifth stakes win of the winter in New York on Saturday. That doesn't necessarily mean he won't leave Aqueduct without the money.

Initially, Dutrow had planned to enter both Totally Wild and Touch Love in Saturday's $75,000 Busher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. However, Dutrow elected to enter only Totally Wild, winner of the Busanda Stakes last out. He will run the graded-stakes winning Touch Love Saturday against the boys in the Deputed Testamony Stakes at Laurel Park.

"She's not as good a horse [as Touch Love], but she's honest and the company up there this winter has been weak," said Dutrow, who is 9 for 17 at Aqueduct this winter, including four stakes victories. "I'm not trying to make a statement, I'm just trying to take advantage of the opportunities that arise."

Dutrow added that Totally Wild "is limited on her ability, but she's got a lot of quality. She's serious about it, she tries very hard and she won't take no for an answer."

That was never more evident than in the Jan. 27 Busanda Stakes when, after being passed in the stretch by Madame X Ski, Totally Wild surged back along the inside to win the race by a neck. Chuck Lopez, who was aboard for the Busanda, has the mount again Saturday from post 6.

"Chucky said to me 'That filly went by me, but I still had horse and I just kept after her and she was game and she got there,'" Dutrow said. "It was impressive. You don't see that a lot."

Bema could be the horse to beat in the Busanda. A daughter of Pulpit, Bema does own a win at the 1 1/16-mile distance and is coming off a solid second-place finish in allowance company in her New York debut. Trainer Shug McGaughey adds blinkers on Bema on Saturday. On Tuesday, with blinkers, Bema blew out a quick three furlongs in 34.51 seconds.

"She breezed too fast with the blinkers on," said Buzz Tenney, assistant to McGaughey. "Javier Castellano will ride, and I'm sure he'll be careful not to let her get away. I like that this horse has been aggressive in the mornings and I think she'll run better with a race over the track."

Leveche could be the value horse in the Busanda. A daughter of Royal Academy, Leveche won her first two starts at Laurel Park by a combined 26 1/4 lengths. She figures to lay just off the pace under Nick Petro.

Cobblestone Road, Dancing Blues, Sideways and For Gold's Sake complete the field.

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