06/13/2013 3:22PM

Monmouth Park: Jewel of a Cat returns to turf for Crank It Up Stakes

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Jewel of a Cat will shorten up in distance and return to turf in the Crank It Up.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Jewel of a Cat should benefit from a cutback in distance and a return to turf Saturday in the $60,000 Crank It Up Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park.

The 5 1/2-furlong race drew a competitive field of 10.

Jewel of a Cat stretched out to six furlongs for the Miss Preakness Stakes on the Black-Eyed Susan undercard. She got knocked around at the start and was unable to establish her preferred stalking position. Third at the top of the stretch, Jewel of a Cat finished fifth behind 9-10 winner I’m Mom’s Favorite.

“We wanted to try and step up a little bit,” trainer Ben Perkins Jr. said of the Miss Preakness. “She got pushed down on the inside, and I think the track was a little deader there. She tried hard, but I don’t think she had the best of trips on the best part of the track.”

The Miss Preakness marked the first time Jewel of a Cat stretched out beyond 5  1/2 furlongs. It also was the only time she finished worse than second in six career starts.

Jewel of a Cat ran twice on turf last year at Laurel, winning a first-level allowance before rallying from far back to get second in the Selima Stakes.

“She ran real well last year on the turf, so we had been pointing to this race,” Perkins said.

Fearless Jacq captured the Miss Otis Stakes last time out at Belmont Park. She was cross-entered in Thursday’s Astronomia Stakes at Belmont but scratched from that spot when the race was rained off the turf.

Funfair is a perfect 2 for 2 on grass, including the Colleen Stakes here last August.

Just Got In adds blinkers for her turf debut after five races over synthetic tracks, primarily at Woodbine.