Jewwl of a Cat and Peggy Joyce to Clash in Klassy Briefcase

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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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.  

“She handled the turf course here real well last time,” Perkins said. “She showed a little more speed than she had been showing which I think she had to. You need to get good position going into that bend because if you get swung wide or shuffled back you’re taking all the worst of it.”  

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 Stakes  

“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 long.”  

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 pace.” 

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.