01/01/2002 1:00AM

Loan pays off for Bailey


MIAMI - New Year's Day didn't start off so well for Jerry Bailey. But it ended just fine after Bailey rode Stormy Frolic to victory in the $100,000 Tropical Park Oaks.

The Oaks shared top billing on Tuesday's program with the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby, won by Political Attack, who defeated Bailey and The Judge Sez Who in the Grade 3 race. Both races were scheduled to be run on the turf but were switched to a fast main track.

Bailey discovered Tuesday morning that both his helmets had been stolen from the Gulfstream Park jockeys' quarters. He rode both stakes in a helmet borrowed from fellow rider Chris DeCarlo.

"I sent my gear over to Gulfstream yesterday," Bailey said. "All they took were my helmets. Luckily they didn't steal my saddle, too."

Bailey rode a perfect race on Stormy Frolic, who attended the pace of longshot Ciudad de Carson before slipping through along the rail to wrest control on the far turn. Stormy Frolic then drew off steadily through the stretch to post a 6 3/4-length victory. Ciudad de Carson easily finished second, 2 1/4 lengths before Bema. Ms Brookski, the 9-5 favorite in a scratch-reduced field of eight 3-year-old fillies, finished fourth after bobbling at the start.

Stormy Frolic covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.44 and paid $6.20.

"Chris's helmet was a size too small for me and my head was hurting. That's why I moved the filly a little early," Bailey quipped.

"I probably would have tried her on the turf if it was safe," said winning trainer Milt Wolfson. "But I wasn't upset when the race came off."

Bailey and Wolfson's bid to sweep the afternoon's two stakes fell short with The Judge Sez Who, who finished second, 4 1/2 lengths behind the pacesetting Political Attack in the Tropical Park Derby.

Political Attack, winner of the Mecke Stakes on turf in his previous start, paid $9 after covering 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.71.

"I was a little concerned about the race coming off the turf, but the Governor said to run him, said trainer John Hennig, referring to the horse's owner, former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones. "It's nice to know now he can also run on dirt."