05/29/2006 12:00AM

Hollywood: Layoff not a problem


My Miss Storm Cat returned from a two-month layoff to score by 1 1/4 lengths in the $68,690 Desert Stormer Handicap at Hollywood Park.

The race was a prep to the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder on July 15.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, My Miss Storm Cat ($3.40) stalked pacesetter Maryfield through early fractions of 21.87 and 44.26 seconds, circled the leader on the turn, and pulled away, finishing six furlongs in 1:09.44.

Maryfield held second, finishing two lengths in front of Allswellthatnswell in the field of six fillies and mares.