07/12/2013 1:38PM

Monmouth: Slew's Exchange among turf sprinters seeking black type in Klassy Briefcase

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Slew's Exchange will be coming back less than two weeks after winning an allowance for Sunday's Klassy Briefcase.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Trainer Eddie Plesa. Jr. calls Slew’s Exchange “an overachiever.”

He would also like to call her a stakes winner.

That goal might be accomplished on Sunday at Monmouth Park in the $60,000 Klassy Briefcase for fillies and mares at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf.

The grass dash drew a field of a nine, with most of the runners in pursuit of the same elusive goal: the black-type designation conferred on a stakes winner.

This will be the third stakes appearance for the 4-year-old Slew’s Exchange, a homebred for Live Oak Plantation. She ran eighth in the Cassidy Stakes on the main track at Calder as a 2-year-old and was seventh last year to eventual Grade 1 winner Dayatthespa in the Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Lightly raced by design with only 11 starts, Slew’s Exchange has 2 wins and a second in 3 starts this season with consistent Beyer Speed Figures in the 85 to 87 range.

“She’s just an overachiever, one of those horses that lays it on the line every time she goes out there,” Plesa said. “With Live Oak, everything is done for the horse’s benefit and it’s paid off for her. It’s being in a program that looks to keep a horse at its best. Part of that process is you give horses breaks like we used to years ago.”

Slew’s Exchange returned from a freshening to handily win an allowance race here on July 4. For Plesa, the Klassy Briefcase was too tempting to pass up, even if the timing wasn’t ideal.

“We’re coming back quicker than I normally would, but she came out of her race so good,” Plesa said. “This was an opportunity for us to pick up some black type because I really believe she deserves it. Maybe we can get our mission accomplished.”

Sounds of the City came very close to getting the job done in last year’s Klassy Briefcase, rallying from last in an eight-horse field to miss by only a neck. She ran second most recently in the off-the-turf Smart N Fancy Stakes at Belmont Park for trainer Alan Goldberg.

Little Stitch, a homebred for Karen and Joe Jennings, makes her fourth stakes appearance of the meet. She was fourth most recently in the Lighthouse at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Starter handicap series begins

The Malouf Auto Group Starter Handicap Series for horses that have started for a claiming price of $12,500 or less in 2012-13 begins Sunday.

There are three legs in the series, each one longer in distance than the one before with increasingly higher purses.

The first round Sunday is a mile for a $35,000 purse. The series returns on Aug. 18 at 1 1/8 miles for $40,000 and concludes with a $45,000 purse for the 1 3/8-mile finale on Sept. 8.

There is a $10,000 bonus pool for trainers who compete in at least two of the three events.

They Call Me Giant debuts for trainer Tony Margotta Jr. following a claim for $12,500 here on June 1. The 6-year-old They Call Me Giant has been gelded since the claim.

“That was the reason we took the horse,” Margotta said. “We know the horse has ability. He’s responded well to the gelding, and he’s training like a good horse. This is a good starting point for him, and pretty good money.”

Trainer Derek Ryan sends out an uncoupled duo of Cocodimama and Back Away, winner of two of his last three in starter handicaps at Atlantic City Race Course and Parx Racing.

◗ Apprentice jockey Monica Garcia won her first career race at Monmouth Park on Friday, piloting Global Asset to a 3 3/4-length victory in the first race, a maiden claiming event. Garcia, 30, is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico.