07/20/2012 1:09PM

Monmouth Park: Inspired key to Klassy Briefcase

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The 5-year-old Inspired won the Fort Monmouth Stakes last month.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Inspired will be the one catch in the $60,000 Klassy Briefcase Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park – if she runs.

Trainer Allen Iwinski is carefully weighing his options for the 5-year-old following her win in the Fort Monmouth Stakes last month. Inspired could turn up next weekend in the $100,000 Jennie Wade Stakes, a race she won by a neck over Bounding Bi last year. Or it could be a return engagement at Monmouth in the Klassy Briefcase for fillies and mares at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf.

“We’re not 100 percent we are going to run in this race,” Iwinski said of the Klassy Briefcase. “We wanted to lean toward this race, but we have to make a decision as to the best-suited race for her.”

A key factor in the decision is distance. The Jennie Wade is five furlongs, which better suits Inspired’s front-running style.

Inspired will bring a lot of class to whatever race she lands in, having already captured four stakes this season with victories at Fair Grounds and Gulfstream Park.

If Inspired scratches from the Klassy Briefcase, the race certainly opens up.

The role of pacesetter would likely fall to Bounding Bi, winner of a starter allowance most recently at Parx Racing.

The lack of a dominant pacesetter could set the stage for a stalker like Witchesofwestfield who chased Inspired in the Fort Monmouth and settled for third. A 6-year-old trained by Scott Volk, Witchesofwestfield is 1-1-1 in four grass races at Monmouth, all sprints.

She pressed the pace every step to capture a first-level allowance here last summer.

My Due Process, badly outrun in dirt stakes in her last two outings, switches back to grass for trainer Dale Romans.

It could be a positive switch for the 3-year-old, who posted her maiden win by 5 1/4 lengths in a turf sprint last summer at Saratoga.

This will be her second appearance at Monmouth, having won the NATC Futurity by 3 1/4 lengths in the mud last September.

Mosaicist, a gray 4-year-old bred in Ireland, makes her second U.S. start for trainer Jimmy Toner. She was a front-running first-level allowance winner at Colonial Downs last month.

Colony Club looks for her first win since pulling a 10-1 upset in the 2011 Fort Monmouth.

Dove Season, Rogue, Sounds of the City, and Cee the Country complete the field.