08/18/2002 11:00PM

Sorority: When superfillies collide


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Two-year-old fillies Advancing Storm and Wild Snitch won maiden races impressively at Monmouth Park Aug. 7 two hours apart. And on Sunday, both went out to the track for their final workouts heading into the Grade 3, $100,000 Sorority. Hailing from top-notch 2-year-old barns, they will be two of the top choices in Sunday's Sorority, the last graded stakes of the meet.

Advancing Storm, with regular rider Tommy Turner aboard, breezed four furlongs in 49 seconds Sunday, a workout trainer Ronny Werner said sets her up nicely for the Sorority. A $650,000 yearling purchase, Advancing Storm won her second start here in 58.47 for five furlongs, after being sidelined since running second in her debut April 18 at Keeneland. Werner said he instructed Turner to rate her along the rail, in an attempt to teach the filly to relax behind horses.

Wild Snitch, trained by Ben Perkins Jr. and owned by New Farm, won her five-furlong race in 58.18 a few hours after Advancing Storm, in her first start for the connections that sent out the speedy 2-year-old Wildcat Heir earlier in the meet. On Sunday, she worked one furlong longer than her rival, breezing five furlongs in 1:02.60 with regular rider Eibar Coa in the saddle.

"She went out well and finished up strong," Perkins said. "Her first race was pretty good and she's always trained good."

Perkins has won the Sorority the last two years with Stormy Pick (2000) and Forest Heiress (2001).

Iselin winner makes Hennig's meet

Cat's at Home, winner of the Grade 2 Iselin Handicap Sunday, came out of the race in good shape, assistant trainer Rob Rader said Monday morning.

Rader, who oversees trainer Mark Hennig's stable at Monmouth, said Cat's at Home was likely to remain here until the end of the meet before being sent to New York. He said he hadn't spoken with Hennig yet on the horse's next start.

With a stable here for the first time, Rader said the Iselin victory topped off what has been a successful debut stint.

"Overall we won a few stakes, but this one made the whole meet," Rader said. "He had been training here the whole time and that probably helped."

Expect scratches on off-the-turf Wednesday

With Wednesday's turf races scheduled to be switched to the main track because of soft spots on the course, the featured eighth race will be moved to 1 1/4 miles on the dirt rather than the 1 3/8 miles on the grass. A field of 10 should be reduced at post time by many scratches.

The majority of the starters are turf specialists, but Davy Jones has shown the ability to run well on both surfaces and should be well bet Wednesday. Davy Jones started the meet with a third-place finish in a second-level allowance May 11, earning a 83 Beyer Speed Figure after pressing the pace, and a return to that effort would make him the one to beat.

The only other turf race on the card is the fourth, which will also be switched to the main track.