11/09/2002 12:00AM

Forest Heiress in comeback


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Fifty-one weeks after her last win and 233 days since she last ran, Forest Heiress tries to jump-start her career for new connections on the Veterans Day card Monday at Aqueduct.

After winning four of her first six races for trainer Ben Perkins Jr. and Ebby Novak's New Farm, Forest Heiress was purchased privately by Robert McNair's Stonerside Stable and turned over to Bill Mott.

In early May, three weeks after transferring barns, Forest Heiress was diagnosed with a small fracture in her left hind pastern. No surgery was required, but she was given 60 days off to heal.

Forest Heiress resumed training in mid-July and began working regularly in September. She has had seven workouts, including a strong five-furlong move in 1:01.62 last Thursday over Belmont's training track.

"She looks pretty good," said Ken McCarthy, assistant trainer to Mott. "I don't want to jinx ourselves, because we haven't been going too good this meet, but she had a very good breeze the other day and she looked good today going back to the track."

Forest Heiress, a daughter of Forest Wildcat, ran the best race of her career over Aqueduct's main track last fall, winning the Grade 3 Valley Stream Stakes by three lengths. She covered six furlongs in 1:08.66, a stakes record, and earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure.

Forest Heiress drew post 6 - outside other speed horses Preferred Option, Astrid, and A Barry Good Act - and will be ridden by Jerry Bailey.

The biggest hurdle Forest Heiress must overcome is Wilzada, a 3-year-old daughter of Meadowlake trained by Tony Dutrow. Wilzada won the first three starts of her career before finishing third in the Nassau County Stakes.

Since a fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Prioress, Wilzada has won three of her last four starts, including a 7 1/4-length victory in the Half Moon Stakes at The Meadowlands on Oct. 11. Wilzada ran in blinkers for the first time in that race and earned a 97 Beyer Speed Figure, which equaled her career best. She drew nicely in post 8 and will be ridden by Maryland-based pilot Mario Pino.

Ozilda's Karen will be the 123-pound highweight for trainer Scott Lake. A 4-year-old daughter of Piccolino, Ozilda's Karen won the Honky Star Stakes two starts back at Delaware Park before finishing fifth in the Ta Wee at Laurel Park, a race in which she wore an aluminum pad for the first time.

Outstanding Info, who has five wins and 10 seconds in 22 starts, has been runner-up to Xtra Heat in two of her last three starts and most recently finished second to Ozilda's Karen.

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