Updated on 09/16/2011 8:06AM

Two hot fillies in Sorority


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Advancing Storm and Wild Snitch have been raising eyebrows since winning their maiden races impressively 18 days ago, but the the top two 2-year-old fillies here at Monmouth Park have to yet cross paths. But that soon will change.

Advancing Storm, sent off at 1-2, won her maiden impressively Aug. 7 in the day's opener and then 1-2 favorite Wild Snitch came out two hours later and one-upped Advancing Storm by winning her division in quicker time. Last Sunday, each went out to the track for her final workout in preparation for Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Sorority at Monmouth.

And these fillies, each hailing from top-notch juvenile barns, figure to be the two top choices in the Sorority, the final graded stakes of the meet. The Sorority drew a field of seven juvenile fillies going six furlongs.

A $650,000 yearling purchase by Robert S. Evans, Advancing Storm's two career starts have come nearly four months apart. She was beaten a nose in her Keeneland debut April 18 before coming down with some minor foot problems. Yet trainer Ronny Werner has pointed her to the Sorority for months, stabling her at Monmouth with his first string of horses here and bringing her back to the races Aug. 7.

In her second start, Advancing Storm pressed the pace under Tommy Turner and drew away at the top of the lane to win by 4 3/4 lengths and clock five furlongs in 58.47. Werner said he has tried to get her to relax in her workouts, teaching her to rate along the inside, and she made solid progress with a 49-second four-furlong pre-race workout last Sunday.

"I would have liked to seen her work a little stronger, but she's not one to give it to you in the mornings," Werner said. "She saves it for the afternoons."

Trainer Ben Perkins Jr. has his sights set on a three-peat in the Sorority with Wild Snitch, attempting to become the first trainer in the 46-year history of the race to do so. Perkins is only the second trainer to win back-to-back runnings. Eddie Neloy did it in 1967-68.

Wild Snitch, a homebred owned by New Farm, made her debut two hours after Advancing Storm and traveled her five furlongs in 58.18, tying Freedom's Daughter for the quickest of the meet for a 2-year-old filly. Eibar Coa retains the mount Sunday.

Grand Natalie Rose ran a solid second last time out to Forever Partners, who was one tick off the track record, in the $50,000 Colleen Stakes here Aug. 3.

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