05/27/2005 12:00AM

Wolfson set for success rain or shine

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Jim Lisa
Super Frolic has been sold to a Delaware Park-based owner, Robert Cole.

MIAMI - Trainer Marty Wolfson toyed with the idea of trying his handicap star Pampered Princess on the turf. He even has gone so far as to enter her in Sunday's Sara's Success Stakes on the turf, along with stablemate Covincing. But barring rain, Pampered Princess will stay in the barn and any grass experiment will wait for another day.

"I thought about trying her on grass, but I've decided it just didn't make any sense to change things while she's going so good on the dirt," said Wolfson, who trains Pampered Princess for owner Martin Cherry. "If this race comes off the grass she'll run, and she should be tough because she's doing extremely well right now. If not, I'll probably just sit and wait with her until the Nancy's Glitter Handicap in July."

Wolfson also said he would keep Pampered Princess at home rather than look for anything out of town, even though she already has proven she can compete on a national scale after winning the Banshee Breeze Stakes and finishing second in the Grade 3 Sabin and third in the Grade 2 Rampart during the Gulfstream Park meet.

"She just isn't a good shipper," said Wolfson. "Even when I sent her over to Gulfstream this winter she acted up on me a couple of times. So I'd prefer just to stay here with her for the summer."

Rain or shine, Wolfson might have the upper hand in the Sara's Success. Pampered Princess would be an odds-on favorite if the race comes off the grass, but his recent acquisition Covincing might be the one to beat if the 7 1/2-furlong filly-and-mare stakes goes as scheduled on turf.

"I bought her privately from trainer Mike Mitchell at the end of the Gulfstream meet because he didn't want to bring her back to California," Wolfson said. "She's a very tough horse to train, a run-off in the morning, but she is also a very good grass horse who knows how to win."

Covincing brings a three-race win streak into the Sara's Success, including a 1 1/2-length come-from-behind victory when turning back to five furlongs in the Cool Air Stakes on May 15 in her Calder debut.

Covincing's chief competition Sunday figures to come from the multiple-stakes-winning grass specialist R Obsession, who exits a troubled fourth-place finish behind the odds-on Wend in the Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap here on April 30.

Super Frolic sold, a no-go Monday

Super Frolic figured to give defending champion Twilight Road his toughest challenge in Monday's $100,000 Memorial Day Handicap. But the matchup went by the boards after trainer Milt Wolfson sold Super Frolic privately to the Delaware Park-based owner Robert Cole.

"I hated to sell him because I've had him since he was a baby and he's a fun horse to be around," said Wolfson. "But I was facing the same problem with him this year as I did last summer. There just aren't any races for him around here after the Memorial Day Handicap."

Super Frolic has started just twice this season, finishing third behind Value Plus and Gygistar in Gulfstream Park's Artax Handicap and then rallying to an easy 5 3/4-length victory in the Sumter Stakes here this month.

"I couldn't get anything for him this winter at Gulfstream, either," said Wolfson. "And when they finally did write a race for me, I wound up number 14 on the also-eligible list and had to scratch. That's why he's started only twice this year up to now."

Flying Circle to Princess Rooney?

Trainer David Fawkes's red-hot 3-year-old filly Flying Circle came out of her victory in the Open Mind Stakes on the turf at Churchill Downs in good order.

"I'm not in any rush to run her back," said Fawkes. "In fact I may just wait until July 9 for the $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes here on the Summit of Speed card. She is just as good on dirt as she is on the grass."