05/21/2011 5:30PM

Delaware Park: Snow Fall proves good back-up plan for Stidham in off-the-turf Pine Creek


When Saturday’s Pine Creek Stakes was moved from 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf course to one mile on the main track, seven of the 11 3-year-old fillies scheduled to run were scratched, including trainer Mike Stidham’s horse Cryptocandiac.

Stidham, however, still had Snow Fall left in the four-horse field and she proved a more than adequate  back-up plan.

Getting a rail trip in third place under Rosie Naprvanik until she was swung three-wide for the stretch drive, Snow Fall ($4.40) drew clear to win by 3 3/4 lengths in the $50,500 overnight stakes.

Racing for the first time since winning her maiden in late February at Fair Grounds, Snow Fall ran the mile on a fast track in 1:36.22 to improve to 2 for 4 lifetime.

Dream finished second, four lengths in front of the Todd Pletcher-trained Dance Quietly, the slight favorite at 6-5. Amusing was last as the 7-1 outsider.