06/26/2002 11:00PM

Pompay's wins come in bunches


OCEANPORT, N.J. - As if six wins in five days last week weren't enough, trainer Terri Pompay continued her hot streak by sending out another winner Wednesday at Monmouth Park. Seven wins in six days, including a win each day. She had no horses entered Thursday.

"I guess I better quit training while I'm ahead," Pompay joked Thursday morning. "I just want to ride the wave as long as I can."

Pompay started a bit slowly this meet, but she has been unstoppable since her winning streak started. She has catapulted into a tie for second in the trainers' standings with nine wins, one back of leading trainer Tim Hills through Thursday afternoon. Pompay had five wins at Monmouth last year and eclipsed that number this meet in one week. She said this meet has been her most rewarding as a trainer.

"My horses were running well in Florida and that has carried over to here," she said. "Two weeks ago I had a couple of seconds and then last week it turned around."

Turf horses have been Pompay's specialty this meet. Four of her seven wins have come on the grass. To cap off her amazing week on Sunday, Kris's Prayer won the $50,000 Choice Stakes at nine furlongs on the turf for 3-year-olds. Kris's Prayer ran second in the Grade 3 Jersey Derby on May 27, his first start after winning his maiden.

Pompay, who has been training on her own since 1995, said the rest of this week would be pretty quiet. But next week, she said, her horses will be "revved up" to go, including Clearly a Queen, third in the Politely Stakes, who will start in the Grade 3 Vinery Matchmaker Stakes next Sunday.

If that's the case, you can bank on Pompay being atop the trainers' standings very soon.

Shorter distances for Menacing Dennis

Menacing Dennis, trained by Jeff Bonde, will return to sprinting in the Grade 3, $100,000 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup for 3-year-olds at six furlongs on July 4, assistant trainer Sal Muniz said Thursday.

Menacing Dennis's last three starts have been routes, and in each race he has been very strong up to about one mile. He seems to be best at sprinting and the Jersey Shore will be his opportunity to win for the first time since March 6.

"I think six furlongs up to one mile are his best distances," Muniz said. "But he's an honest horse and will give you everything he has in every race."

In his last race, the Grade 3 Leonard Richards at Delaware Park at 1 1/16 miles on June 8, Menacing Dennis looked strong turning for home but he tired and finished fifth. He was the early pacesetter through six furlongs in the Preakness Stakes, and was beaten a head in a nine-furlong California-bred stakes at Hollywood Park April 28.

Menacing Dennis won his maiden at Monmouth last year and has thrived over this track while being stabled here for the second straight summer. Since running in the Leonard Richards, Menacing Dennis has worked extremely well. He fired a bullet four-furlong workout in 47.60 seconds here June 22, the best of 50 workouts at the distance.

"He's doing really great," Muniz said, "so now we'll wait for the race and see what he can do at six furlongs."

As of Thursday, other confirmed starters for the Jersey Shore are Calends, It's a Monster, and Wild Pro. Ben Perkins Jr. trains It's a Monster and he is also likely to run either Spin Zone or Forest Snitch.

Mike's Wildcat gets stakes shot at Belmont

Mike's Wildcat, a 2-year-old filly trained by Bonde who won her maiden here May 30, will make her next start Sunday at Belmont in the $100,000 Astoria Stakes, Muniz said.

Monmouth-based trainers will have a strong presence in the Astoria, as the Mary Hartmann-trained Milliondollarlady is also set to run.

Mike's Wildcat romped by nearly six lengths in her second career start. Muniz said Bonde intended for her to run in an entry-level allowance here this week for juvenile fillies, but the race did not fill, as has been the case with 2-year-old allowances. Jose Santos will be aboard Mike's Wildcat in the Astoria.

- Eibar Coa won five races Wednesday, easily his best day of the meet, to take first place in the jockey standings. Coa, who won the title last year, has 30 wins through Thursday, four ahead of Jose Ferrer. Chuck Lopez and Jose Velez Jr. are tied for third with 23 wins. Eddie King is fifth with 22 wins.