New Farm, Perkins Earn Second Stakes Win of Weekend with Forest Heiress
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 11/18/2001 4:33:53 PM
Last Updated: 11/19/2001 10:57:04 AM

Forest Heiress rolls to a three-length victory.
Photo: AP/NYRA/Adam Coglianese
New Farm earned its second graded stakes win as an owner this weekend when homebred Forest Heiress pulled away in the stretch to win the six-furlong, $80,775 Valley Stream Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Sunday. On Saturday, New Farm's Delaware Township reeled of a victory in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I) at Laurel Park. Ben Perkins Jr. trains both horses.

In the Valley View, Forest Heiress dueled with A New Twist through swift fractions (:22.28 and :44.85), then ran her next furlong in 11.40 seconds while kicking clear of her early rival. From there, the 2-year-old Forest Wildcat filly coasted home under Richard Migliore, winning by three lengths over A New Twist while completing the six furlongs in 1:08.66 on a fast track.

The winning time shatters the previous stakes record of 1:10, set by Dixie Flag in 1996 and Cotton House Bay in '97.

On Parade finished third, five lengths behind the runner-up. Proper Gamble, Cherokee Girl, and Vesta completed the order of finish.

Forest Heiress earned $48,465 for her fourth win in five career starts and second in a graded stakes. Her only defeat came in her most recent start prior to the Valley Stream, a runner-up performance behind Bella Bellucci in the Astarita Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park. She has also won the Sorority (gr. III) and Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Sent of as the favorite, Forest Heiress returned $5.60, $3.70, and $2.50. A New Twist paid $5.50 and $3.20 and completed the $30.40 exacta. On Parade paid $2.50 to show. (Chart, Equibase)

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