An overflowing field
of 14 is entered in Sunday’s feature race, the $60,000 Klassy Briefcase stakes
set for five and a half furlongs on the turf, and trainers Ben Perkins, Jr. and
Eddie Broome will send Jewel of a Cat and Peggy Joyce, respectively.
A 4-year-old filly by Wildcat Heir
out of Marbleous Routine, Jewel of a Cat comes into the Klassy Briefcase off of
a strong runner-up performance in the John McSorley Stakes for 3-year-olds and
upward at Monmouth on June 8.
“She’s doing real well, she fits in here,” said Perkins. “We ended up
running her against the boys last time and there was just nowhere to run, but
she ran hard. We knew we were pointing to this one.”
Running in the colors of J and J Stables and GSP Stable, Jewel of a Cat
looks to continue last year’s success when she was victorious in two stakes
races, the Stormy Blues Stakes at Pimlico and the Coronation Cup at Saratoga.
Although she has won here on the dirt, Jewel of a Cat will go for her first
victory on Monmouth’s turf course in just her third try.
A 5-year-old mare by After Market
out of Fantastic City, Peggy Joyce will return to racing
after taking over two months off in the Klassy Briefcase. In her last outing,
Peggy Joyce was sixth, beaten only a length and a quarter in the Safari Queen
“She finished very strong in her last race,” said Broome. “That was
five furlongs which was too short for her. If she gets the right setup here
hopefully she’ll come running.
“I think she’d like it somewhere in between 5 1/2 and 7 furlongs, that
would probably be the ideal distance. I haven’t been able to get her in
anywhere so I have to start somewhere and I’d rather start her short than
As for strategy in the race, Broome
said, “I’m not really sure where she’ll be, but we’re hoping for a lot of
Jockey Xavier Perez will ride Peggy
Joyce as Trevor McCarthy gets the call aboard Jewel of a Cat in the Klassy
Briefcase, which is set for race 10 on the 11-race card.