The record-setting sprinting mare, Klassy Briefcase, died on September 18 at the age of 28. She was a resident at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Klassy Briefcase was by Medieval Man out of Leather Gallery by Pruner. The mare was a New Jersey bred horse, and was campaigned by owners Dan Kelliher and Lara Levine. She had earned herself a reputation for being one of the fastest sprinters of her generation.
She set a 5-furlong record in the Park Heights Handicap at Pimlico. Then she topped her previous record by running 54 4/5 for 5 furlongs at Monmouth Park.
Klassy Briefcase won 18 out of 42 starts. Among her winning races: Primonetta Stakes, Fair Haven Handicap, and the Princess Rooney Stakes. Altogether, Klassy Briefcase won a total of $362,959 career earnings
A race was named in her honor at Monmouth Park called the Klassy Briefcase Stakes and is run annually.
When Klassy Briefcase became a broodmare, she produced four winners, with the Grade 2 Briecat carrying on her female line.
In 2008, Klassy Briefcase was retired from breeding. At that time, Klassy Briefcase was donated to Old Friends by her owners and she has been a resident at the Thoroughbred retirement farm since then.
Said founder and president of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm Michael Bowen,
Klassy Briefcase with a K was Classy with a C as well. Her intelligent demeanor and kind disposition made her one of Old Friend’s most popular retirees. She will be missed.
If you enjoyed this article by Heidi Rucki, please click the link above to subscribe and get others. It’s free, informative and anonymous. Read Rucki's articles on Examiner.com