11/22/2002 12:00AM

Wampus Who freshened for task


SUNLAND PARK, N.M. - Sunday's $125,000-added New Mexico Racing Commission Handicap, a six-furlong race for statebred fillies and mares, pits the best older sprinting mare among statebreds against a 3-year-old who has come into her own this season.

The 4-year-old Wampus Who is 5 for 6 this year and has earned almost $95,000. Trained by O. D. Jamison, Wampus Who has been sidelined since July 14 and apparently has been pointed for this race.

Wampus Who has the ability to finish well after stalking a fast pace.

Wampus Who won the Lincoln Handicap at Ruidoso last time out by using her positional speed and drawing away in the stretch. Wampus Who has earned $204,077.

Espeedytoo, trained by Robert Bowers, has come into her own as a 3-year-old, with 7 wins and 4 seconds from 14 starts and a bankroll of $162,934.

Her stakes wins include the Aspen Cup at Ruidoso and the New Mexico Distaff at Sun Ray Park. Jockey Travis Walse usually employs stalking tactics on Espeedytoo.

While Wampus Who comes into the race off a layoff, Espeedytoo has had a long campaign, raising the question of which filly is in the best shape.

Gollygot dueled winner Yulla Yulla to the wire last year in this race, and while her current form isn't up to last season's, she has run well over the Sunland strip. Gollygot is trained by Jon Arnett, and she could offer value on the board.

* A field of 10 is set for the Dec. 7 Shue Fly Stakes, a 400-yard dash for 2-year-old statebred Quarter Horses. A Medley of Chicks was the top qualifier at 19.513 seconds. With qualifying times ranging only .157 from best to worst, the likely favorite will be the horse with the fastest time - Thatsa Blazin Chick, the most accomplished horse in the race.