11/28/2002 12:00AM

Surface change key for 'Frolic'


MIAMI - If Super Frolic can handle the turf as well as he does the dirt, his 11 rivals may be running for second money in Saturday's $100,000 Mecke Stakes. But, if Super Frolic doesn't find the surface change to his liking, the Mecke becomes as wide open as a stakes race can get.

The Mecke will serve as the co-feature on Saturday's 12-race card along with its filly counterpart, the $100,000 Hollywood Wildcat Stakes. Both 2-year-old races will be run at 1 1/16 miles.

Super Frolic won each of his first three starts on dirt, including the Foolish Pleasure Stakes when he easily defeated a strong group of locally based juveniles that included Trust N Luck, who flattered the effort three weeks later in a one-sided triumph in the In Reality Stakes. Super Frolic suffered his first and only defeat just two weeks after the Foolish Pleasure at Keeneland, where he finished a troubled fifth behind Sky Mesa in the Grade 2 Lanes End Breeders' Futurity.

"Nothing went right for him up there," said Milt Wolfson who trains Super Frolic for the Stride Rite Racing Stable. "He drew the outside post, got forced out early over a speed-favoring track, and took mud in his face all the way around."

Super Frolic has continued to train well since returning home, turning in a sensational one-mile workout in 1:43 over the main track on Nov. 18.

"He is by Pine Bluff and Pine Bluffs seem to like turf," Wolfson said.

Newsbreak will race with blinkers for the first time in hopes of improving on a sixth-place finish as the 3-5 favorite in the Manila Stakes. A son of Red Ransom, Newsbreak won his first two starts on grass, including an easy first-level allowance victory at Belmont Park.

Kick In and Pyrite Search also shipped from the Northeast for the Mecke off grass victories.

Kick In overcame early trouble to win his debut at Belmont on Sept. 19 for trainer James Toner. Pyrite Search showed improvement when switched to grass to defeat first-level optional claiming and allowance company at The Meadowlands.

The locals are led by Supervisor and Magic Mecke, both of whom won their first start on turf.

The situation in the Hollywood Wildcat may mirror the Mecke with Crimson and Roses the one to fear if she takes to the grass.

Crimson and Roses comes into the Hollywood Wildcat off a solid second- place finish behind the favored Elegant Designer in the seven-furlong Joe O'Farrell Stakes in her first start in three months.

"The O'Farrell should set her up perfectly for the Hollywood Wildcat and with her breeding [El Prado out of a Woodman mare] I've been dying to get her on the grass," trainer Jim Hatchett said.

Silvery Pet, Sweetrickydancer, and Midwest invader U.R. Trick may prove the major beneficiaries should Crimson and Roses fail to perform to her trainer's expectations on grass.