08/03/2001 11:00PM

Forest Heiress takes Colleen with ease


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Forest Heiress improved her career record to 2 for 2 by posting an impressive

6 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $50,000 Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park. The Colleen, for 2-year-old fillies, is a prep for the Grade 3 $150,000 Sorority, which will be held here Sept. 1.

Forest Heiress ($3), a daughter of Forest Wildcat owned by New Farm and trained by Ben Perkins Jr., covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in a rapid 1:03.55, despite being under a hold the entire way around the track by jockey Dale Beckner. Al Max Diner, who was coupled in the wagering with Forest Heiress, finished second, 2 1/4 ahead of Ghost Wrestling in third.

"Every time I chirped to her she had another gear," said Beckner. "I looked back in the stretch and knew we were clear so I just let her coast under the wire."

Forest Heiress won her maiden in her career debut here July 1, winning by a nose after having opened a sizable early lead. Although her Beyer Speed Figure for that race was only a 53, her race was run into a strong headwind that precipitated a massive storm.

On Saturday, Forest Heiress broke for the lead from the rail post, and opened up a comfortable lead over her entrymate that she held the entire way around the track. Her final time was much faster than the 1:05.12 recorded by Pure Precision in last weekend's Tyro Stakes, the colt equivalent of the Colleen.

A crowd of 12,850 attended on Saturday.

* Sea of Green, second behind Amsterdam winner City Zip in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup on July 4, came back to win the $75,000 Rumson Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs in 1:10.29. Sea of Green ($7.20), trained and owned by Janis Gerace, sat off a hot pace and closed three wide to win going away under Chuck Lopez.