Record-Breaking Mare, Klassy Briefcase, Dies at 28

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Klassy Briefcase, a record-setting sprinter and broodmare, died September 18 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY. The daughter of Medieval Man out of the Pruner mare Leather Gallery was 28.

A New Jersey bred, Klassy Briefcase was campaigned by owners Dan Kelliher and Lara Levine and was long considered not only one of the fastest sprinters of the Mid-Atlantic circuit, but also one of the fastest mares of her generation.


In 1990 she set a 5-furlong record at Pimlico winning the Park Heights Handicap in :56 3/5. She went on to set a new world record at Monmouth Park going 5 furlongs in :54 4/5. Among her other victories were the Primonetta Stakes, the Princess Rooney Stakes, and the Fair Haven Haven Handicap.

In all Klassy Briefcase captured 18 of her 42 starts and earnings of $362,959. Her career is celebrated annually with the running of the Klassy Briefcase Stakes at Monmouth Park.

As a broodmare, she produced four winners, and the GR2 winner Briecat carries on her female line. Retired from breeding in 2008, Klassy Briefcase was generously donated to Old Friends by her owners.

“Klassy with a K was Classy with a C as well,” said Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen. “Her intelligent demeanor and kind disposition made her one of Old Friend’s most popular retirees. She will be missed.”

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  • Beach

    Pretty and elegant girl…God keep her. RIP

  • Roisn

    Thank you Michael Blowen and all who make “old Friends” retirement farms possible.

  • 4Bellwether666

    Mike and his gang sure take great care of their old warriors…RIP old girl…

  • J Flynn

    Klassy Briefcase was Owned by Harry Minassian of MA. He also owned Leather Gallery.

  • we’re watching

    She was awesome, 5F and she was gone baby. Loved watching her at MTH.
    Run throughout eternity girl, you were cool.

  • Marcelle

    My first horse Beau was one of her babies. He was an absolute doll. Rest in peace classy lady.

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