04/25/2003 11:00PM

Stormy Frolic a happy splasher in victory


Stormy Frolic was entered in Saturday's $150,000 Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap on the hope the race would come off the grass. After heavy rain forced management to move the Calder Breeders' Cup to the main track, Stormy Frolic made the most of her opportunity, sloshing to an easy 6 3/4-length victory over Win's Fair Lady and six other older fillies and mares.

"I was doing a rain dance all night," said Milt Wolfson, who trains Stormy Frolic for the Stride Rite Racing Stable. "She loves an off track."

Jose Santos picked up the mount on Stormy Frolic after Dress to Thrill was scratched, and he gave the winner a perfect trip, settling her just off the early pace of Win's Fair Lady. Stormy Frolic challenged the leader turning for home, edged clear approaching the eighth pole, and then readily increased her advantage while being kept under pressure to the wire.

Win's Fair Lady weakened steadily through the final furlong but outlasted Redoubled Miss by a half-length to finish second. Cellars Shiraz, the 6-5 favorite, never entered serious contention after being forced to steady behind a rank French Satin in the run to the first turn, eventually finishing a well-beaten fourth.

Five horses were scratched when the Calder Breeders' Cup came off the turf, including Dress to Thrill, a Grade 1 winner who would have been the starting highweight and odds-on favorite had she started.

Stormy Frolic ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.74 over the sloppy track and paid $13.80.