Package and What a Party will race in Sunday’s feature, the $60,000 Klassy
Briefcase Stakes for fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward, and trainer Eddie
Plesa, Jr. is confident they both are primed and ready to run.
“What a Party hasn’t run in a while but she’s ready to run now,” said
Plesa. “We haven’t been able to find a race for her. I think Perfect Package’s
best race will be this weekend. She should be in the mix of things.”
5-year-old mare by Congrats out of the Citidancer mare Christmas Lights, What a
Party has not hit the track since April, where she was beaten only a head in
the Safari Queen Stakes at Gulfstream. Although
Plesa has had a hard time finding a race that suits her, What a Party will
return to Monmouth’s turf course on Sunday, where she is a perfect 2-for-2.
a three other than condition and it’s just been tough to find a place for her,”
“but she’s been doing well and training well.”
A 4-year-old filly by Tiznow out of
the Seeking the Gold mare Trepidation, Perfect Package tried Monmouth’s turf
course for the first time on June 6 and again on June 27. She posted identical
finishes, crossing the line in fourth place while 2 3/4 lengths away from the
leader after sprinting five furlongs in both optional claiming events. Although
not ecstatic with her performance last out, Plesa believes his filly is ready
to run a big race in her first stakes try.
“I was a little disappointed in her last race,” said Plesa. “Her first
race she needed the race, she got a little bit tired and I expected that. Last
race I thought she would have run better and she didn’t so it was disappointing
but she came out of the race fine. I think she’ll be coming into this race in
the best shape that she’s been.”
Plesa’s entrants will face stiff competition in the Klassy Briefcase,
which drew an overflowing field of 14. Multiple stakes winners Ju Ju Eyeballs
and Jewel of a Cat and graded stakes placed Jane of All Trades will be among
the competition in Sunday’s feature, which is set for five and one half
furlongs on the grass.
As for tactics in the feature, “They’ll both be just a little off the
pace,” Plesa said.
What a Party will have Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado in the irons, as
Angel Serpa gets the call aboard Perfect Package in the Klassy Briefcase, which
will go as race 10 on Sunday’s 11-race card.