Oaklawn-based Cowboy Diplomacy, a 3-year-old full brother to champion Monomoy Girl, remains on track to make his career debut next month, trainer Brad Cox said Saturday morning.
Cowboy Diplomacy has had five published works this season at Oaklawn (a Dec. 17 breeze wasn't timed because of heavy fog) in advance of his first start, including a 5-furlong bullet move from the gate last Sunday (:59.60).
“He's doing good,” Cox said. “I think he's ready to go, for sure. We'll see.”
Cox also trains Monomoy Girl, who was a near-unanimous choice for an Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly of 2018 after crossing the finish line first in all seven starts.
Monomoy Girl was sent to Florida for a freshening following a victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs, but the trainer said she is scheduled to rejoin his barn at Fair Grounds barn early next week.
Cox said the $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 14 at Oaklawn and $500,000 La Troienne Stakes (G1) May 3 at Churchill Downs are being considered for Monomoy Girl's 4-year-old debut.
“We're going to let her tells us,” Cox said.
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