01/01/2003 12:00AM

Calder: Nothing to Lose unbeaten on turf


MIAMI - Nothing to Lose remained perfect on the grass and gave every indication he will be a force in the 3-year-old turf division this season after he drew off to an impressive 1 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Tropical Park Derby at Calder.

Nothing to Lose ($5.60) had won his previous two starts on grass, including a first-level allowance at Calder less than three weeks ago. He rated four lengths off a contentious early pace, was angled five wide by jockey Jerry Bailey to find racing room entering the stretch, then easily ran past the leaders in late stretch.

Millennium Storm, winner of the Mecke Stakes in his 2-year-old finale, held second, a head in front of Supah Blitz.

Nothing to Lose, who is trained by D. Wayne Lukas for owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.45 over a good turf course as the favorite in a field of 12 3-year-olds.

"The biggest thing about this race is that he is a 3-year-old who was able to go a mile and one- eighth and win on Jan. 1," said Lukas's assistant Mike Maker.

In the co-featured $100,000 Tropical Park Oaks, Sweettrickydancer, who has turned into a win machine since switching to the turf in the fall, made it four straight victories by outfinishing Devil at the Wire by three-quarters of a length.

Despite her recent good form, including a victory over much the same field in the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes, Sweettrickydancer returned $9. Her final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:44.

Sweettrickydancer is expected to make her next start in Gulfstream's Herecomesthebride Stakes on Feb. 1.