08/31/2005 11:00PM

Colormein has look of a good one


OCEANPORT, N.J. - The virus that swept through Terri Pompay's barn last week spared Colormein.

"I was a little worried, because 75 percent of my horses were very sick," Pompay said. "They came down with high fevers and coughing. I had about six horses that didn't get sick, and she was one of them."

That could be a positive omen for Colormein in Saturday's $100,000 Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park.

The Sorority, the track's top race for 2-year-old fillies, is the main event of the holiday weekend on the Jersey Shore.

Pompay was very high on Colormein before her debut on Aug. 11.

"I touted this filly around because I think she's really something kind of special," Pompay said. "I was a little nervous, but she didn't let me down."

After steadying at the start, Colormein recovered nicely to circle the field and draw off to a 3 1/4-length win. The second test comes in the Sorority, and competition will be stiffer.

"She's training great," Pompay said. "She looks great. She's going to run great. I don't know how good she is, but she is doing everything the right way."

races for Wanda Polisseni's My Purple Haze Stable. Polisseni, of Fairport, N.Y., is a newcomer to the sport whose stable name is a tribute to a daughter, nicknamed Purple Haze, who was killed by a drunk driver.

"She does everything in honor of her daughter," Pompay said. "She wears purple clothes to the races. She's a neat person to have in the business."

Colormein will face 10 rivals, including stablemates and Unobstructed View from trainer Todd Pletcher. Fantast won her debut at Monmouth in early June and ran in stakes in her next two outings. She was fourth in the Astoria at Belmont Park and third in Monmouth's Colleen, the Sorority prep.

trained at Monmouth all summer but made her lone start at Saratoga. She battled head to head for the lead before pulling clear to a one-length win.

Trained by Steve Klesaris, Dazzling Dot is a two-time winner, with both victories coming at Delaware Park.

Ten Halos, trained by Michael Gorham, also won her first two at Delaware before finishing second in the Colleen. Completing the field are Keeneland Kat, Maggie Slew, Magic Skier, Plutonic, Pure Disco and Wild Gams.