08/31/2001 11:00PM

Forest Heiress stays unbeaten in Sorority


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Forest Heiress stayed undefeated in three starts with an easy score in the Grade 3, $150,000 Sorority Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park Saturday.

A daughter of Forest Wildcat, Forest Heiress went wire to wire under Dale Beckner and gave trainer Ben Perkins Jr. and owner New Farm a second stakes win on the day. They also won the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga with Delaware Township.

Forest Heiress, who had won the Colleen in her previous race, was the 4-5 favorite in the Sorority. She finished the six furlongs in 1:11.61, defeating runner-up Haunted Lass by 3 1/4 lengths.

"She's a beautifully bred filly," said Ben Perkins Sr., who saddled Forest Heiress while his son was in New York with Delaware Township. "It looks like the Forest Wildcats can run on, and we just hope she can make the Breeders' Cup."

The race was decided almost as soon as the gates opened. Goodness, making her second career start, lost jockey Donnie Meche after stumbling badly. Purple Princess also broke very awkwardly and trailed the field while Forest Heiress cruised to an uncontested lead. Meche and Goodness were fine after the mishap.

The win was the second on the afternoon at Monmouth for Perkins, keeping him one win behind J. Willard Thompson in the standings going into Sunday's final program.

* Hunter Cruise also won his third straight race Saturday, the $50,000 Continental Mile Stakes for 2-year-olds on the turf.