05/15/2002 11:00PM

Forest Heiress goes to Mott barn


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Forest Heiress, the winner of the Colleen Stakes and Grade 3 Sorority, was sold to Stonerside Stable a month ago and will be trained by Bill Mott, previous trainer Ben Perkins Jr. reported Thursday.

Forest Heiress, a speedy daughter of Forest Wildcat, ran third in the Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct on March 23 in her last start for Perkins. She won all three of her races at Monmouth and was 4-2-1 in seven starts for Perkins, including a runner-up finish in the Grade 2 Astarita at Belmont last year to the top filly Bella Bellucci and a win in the Grade 3 Valley Stream Stakes at Aqueduct last fall. New Farm sold Forest Heiress for an undisclosed amount.

Perkins starts this summer's meet without some of the heavyweights from his barn that sparked him to a runner-up finish in the trainer's standings last summer with 29 wins. Along with Forest Heiress, Grade 1 winners Delaware Township and Stormy Pick were retired at the end of 2001. Delaware Township ended his career on a high note in November, winning the Grade 1 De Francis Dash over top sprinters Xtra Heat, Kona Gold, and Caller One. His 5-year-old season also included wins in the Forego at Saratoga and the Forest Hills at Belmont.

Stormy Pick was retired at the end of 2001 as a 3-year-old and auctioned for $700,000 at the Fasig-Tipton broodmare sale near the end of the year. Stormy Pick won two stakes here in 2001, but her biggest triumphs came as a 2-year-old with victories in the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga and the Grade 3 Sorority at Monmouth. She finished her career with a record of 7-2-1 in 15 starts, with five wins coming here.

Perkins had an outstanding meet last year with 2-year-olds, and he is optimistic that similar success in the division will make up for the loss of some of his older stars.

"They were a couple of tough ones to lose," he said. "This may be a rebuilding year, but we have some great draft picks."

Hot start for Iwinski

Trainer Allen Iwinski expanded his large East Coast operations to include a permanent stable at Monmouth this summer and has seen immediate success, with two wins and a second in three starts on opening weekend to hold an early share in first place for the trainer's standings. Iwinski is no stranger to Monmouth, enjoying success here in the early 1990's before shifting his tack to other tracks on the East Coast.

As of Thursday, Iwinski had a stable of 26 horses, with more coming in by the day. He noted that one of his top handicap horses, Jarf, would arrive at Monmouth on Sunday and breeze over the track in preparation for the $50,000 Frisk Me Now Stakes on May 26. Jarf was claimed nine races back for Iwinski, and since then has five wins and three seconds in all eight starts. Jarf is undefeated this year with two victories in money allowances at Aqueduct.

Iwinski said that there were two reasons for keeping a large stable here this summer. "The purses were so big last year and we needed somewhere else to keep a lot of horses," he said. "We're trying to upgrade our program, and that means racing at the major tracks."

Iwinski said he is disappointed with his winning percentage this year (17 percent) but is optimistic that the summer will bring a much-needed boost, especially at Monmouth if he continues his hot streak from opening weekend.

"I feel that winning at a 20 percent rate or better is doing well," he said. "We would like to improve every year in wins and money earned.

Alvarado on the mend

Roberto Alvarado, sixth in the jockeys' standings last meet with 46 wins, will miss the first two to three weeks of the meet because of an injury from a spill at Philadelphia Park May 4.

Initial X-rays taken after the fall were negative, but an MRI taken Tuesday showed that Alvarado had a partial tear of the rotator cuff and a slight fracture of the eighth vertebrate. Alvarado is scheduled to return the weekend after Memorial Day.

"It would've been nice for him to ride opening weekend," said Alvarado's agent, Kevin Lyons. "But he'll probably only miss seven racing days and we're expecting to continue the success of last summer once he returns."

In other news, Lyons said that he would also handle the book of Rafael Mojica Jr. for the first time this meet.

* As of Thursday afternoon, track officials said it was unclear whether Saturday's feature, the six-furlong, $50,000 Little Silver Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, would fill and be carded. If the race is carded, the likely favorite is Bold World, who is looking to rebound after bleeding and finishing sixth as the favorite in the Grade 2 Beaumont at Keeneland April 26. She had previously won three consecutive stakes in Florida.