09/04/2002 11:00PM

Stormy Frolic due to win


MIAMI - Stormy Frolic celebrated her third birthday in smashing style, winning Calder's Tropical Oaks Stakes by nearly seven lengths on New Year's Day. But her form and fortunes have gone downhill ever since.

On Saturday, Stormy Frolic returns from a near-four-month layoff and seeks her first victory since the Tropical Park Oaks when she faces five other 3-year-old fillies in the $50,000 Judy's Red Shoes Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

Stormy Frolic has made five starts after the Tropical Oaks, with her best effort a second-place finish in Gulfstream Park's Christmas Past Stakes. She was also fourth in the Grade 2 Davona Dale, sixth in the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss, and third, beaten 13 lengths as the 4-5 favorite in her most recent start, the Cut the Charm Stakes here on May 17.

Stormy Frolic has trained well for her return, most recently working one mile in 1:45 for trainer Milt Wolfson. She catches a soft spot in the Judy's Red Shoes, with four of her five rivals still eligible for their second-level allowance condition. In addition, she faces a field devoid of early speed, and thus may be able to control the pace under leading rider Cornelio Velasquez.

Stormy Frolic carries 118 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Judy's Red Shoes and will concede four pounds to the remainder of the field.

Redoubled Miss is the most accomplished of Stormy Frolic's five foes. She was stakes-placed twice at 2 and easily won back-to-back allowance races this meet. She returns to the main track in the Judy's Red Shoes after finishing fifth in her turf debut behind the odds-on Cellars Shiraz in the Convenience Stakes on Aug. 3.

Chit Chatter also returns to dirt despite rallying to a three-length victory over preliminary allowance company on the turf last out. She finished second in three of her four previous main-track starts, including in the Cut the Charm, when she easily outfinished Stormy Frolic for second behind runaway winner Four Pennies.

Tasso Run also moves to the dirt off a solid showing on grass, a second-place finish behind Company B. in the Faneuil Hall Stakes three weeks ago. A late-striding filly, Tasso Run has run well all year but is winless.

Sierra Lady, who has won two of her last three starts, and Lucky Valid round out the field.

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