12/30/2002 1:00AM

Wolfson brings hot hand into Derby


MIAMI - Trainer Milt Wolfson celebrated the last New Year's Day with a victory by Stormy Frolic in the Tropical Park Oaks. On Wednesday he could be drinking a toast to her baby brother Super Frolic if he can defeat 11 other 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby.

The Grade 3 Tropical Park Derby is traditionally the first graded race for 3-year-olds in the United States each year and will share top billing on the 12-race New Year's day card with its filly filly counterpart, the $100,000 Tropical Park Oaks.

Both races are on grass, with the Derby at 1 1/8 miles and the Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.

Wolfson rang out 2002 the same way it came in - with a stakes victory. On Saturday he won the Fred W. Hooper Handicap with The Judge Sez Who and the Stage Door Betty Handicap with Stormy Frolic.

Super Frolic is already a stakes winner himself, having captured the Foolish Pleasure over the main track in September. A son of Pine Bluff, Super Frolic has made one start on turf, finishing sixth, beaten only two lengths, despite being trapped behind horses and forced to steady on several occasions in the Mecke Stakes.

Super Frolic will share high weight of 119 pounds with Millennium Storm under the allowance conditions of the Tropical Park Derby.

Millennium Storm led throughout and resisted several challenges before winning the Mecke by a head in his 2-year-old finale.

Also in the Tropical Park Derby are Nothing to Lose, Unbridels King, Flank Attack, White Cat, Christmas Away, Newsbreak, and the Manny Tortora-trained trio of Supervisor, Supah Blitz, and Sea Pleasure.

Nothing to Lose is undefeated in two starts on grass and will be ridden by Jerry Bailey for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. A homebred son of Sky Classic, Nothing to Lose rallied from post 12 to win in a good field of first-level allowance horses in his local debut on Dec. 14.

Unbridels King comes off a 3 1/2-length first-level allowance victory on the turf, which earned him a career best 84 Beyer. Unbridels King has tactical speed, which should serve him well in a big field that lacks much early pace.

Newsbreak could not overcome an eventful beginning when he finished ninth in the Mecke, and has now lost his last two races. Trained by Graham Motion, he won his first two starts, both on turf.