Stormy Frolic kicked away in the stretch to easily win Saturday's $145,000 Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap, reduced to a field of eight after the race was switched from the turf to a sloppy main track.
Five fillies and mares were scratched from the contest, which was run at 1 1/16 mile in a time of 1:46 3/5. A 4-year-old daughter of Summer Squall, Stormy Frolic, with Jose Santos riding, passed pacesetting Win's Fair Lady in the stretch and went on to win by 6 3/4 lengths. Fast closing Redoubled Miss was a half-length back in third, with 6-5 favorite Cellars Shiraz fourth.
Win's Fair Lady posted easy fractions of :25, :49 2/5, and 1:14 1/5 before giving way.
Milton Wolfson trains Stormy Frolic, who is owned by Stride Rite Racing Stable. Stormy Frolic won the Stage Door Betty Handicap in December at Calder.
"I was doing a rain dance all night," Wolfson said. "She loves an off track. I would have had to face basically the same group in an overnight race, so I'm delighted that I got to do it today for $150,000."
Stormy Frolic, who earned $90,000 for the victory, was entered for dirt only.
"During the race, I had no doubt about it...she is a completely different horse on this track," said Santos. "It's her home base and she felt like the winner at the three-eighths pole. She stayed fresh. That horse was in front at the quarter pole for a little bit, but I just hit her a couple of times and she opened up. She won pretty handily at the end."
Stormy Frolic paid $13.80, $6.60 and $4. Win's Fair Lady, part of an 8-5 entry with French Satin, who finished last, returned $4.20 and $3. Redoubled Miss showed for $5.