‘Big Effort’ Has Monomoy Girl On Path To Cotillion, BC Distaff

by | 07.23.2018 | 5:12pm
Monomoy Girl wins the CCA Oaks

Fresh off her fourth consecutive Grade 1 win in Sunday's $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks, Monomoy Girl was resting in her Saratoga stall as trainer Brad Cox said she came out of her three-length victory over Midnight Bisou in good order.

“It was a big effort and she ran the race we thought she would,” Cox said. “She controlled things up front and was where we wanted to be. She'll get at least three days off and maybe [return to the track] Thursday or Friday. She was a little [tired] this morning, but she deserves to be.”

Monomoy Girl solidified her spot atop the 3-year-old filly division in improving to 5-for-5 in her current campaign. The daughter of Tapizar has eight wins in nine career starts, with the only losing effort being a second-place finish by a neck in the Grade 2 Golden Rod in November at Churchill Downs.

Owned by Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables, Monomoy Girl has racked up wins this year in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra, Grade 1 Ashland, Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Acorn before winning her Spa debut.

Cox said there is a chance Monomoy Girl stays in Saratoga to run in the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama on August 18, but is more likely to run in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx Racing on September 22 as she gears up for the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill on November 3.

“There's always a chance, we'll talk it over with the owners and come up with a game plan,” Cox said. “We'll see who else may come for the Alabama. But with the schedule and the Breeders' Cup Distaff being $2 million, you have to take your shot at getting her there.”

Monomoy Girl is the leading contender to win the Eclipse Award for top 3-year-old filly. But Cox said the potential of an undefeated season that could include six Grade 1 wins might allow her to challenge for an even bigger prize against a stellar field that will include Triple Crown-winner Justify.

“It's probably a little far-fetched, but if she can win the Cotillion and the Distaff and have an undefeated year, could she be Horse of the Year? I don't know, she might get a vote or two,” Cox said with a smile.

Cox said he briefly considered running Monomoy Girl against males in the Grade 1 Haskell on July 29 at Monmouth Park. When asked if he would entertain the thought of running her in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 25, he did not shoot down the idea.

“We'll see,” Cox said. “I never say never. We're not saying no to the Alabama completely, [but] the original plan was Cotillion and the plan has worked out extremely well to this point. We're probably not going to deviate from it, but we'll see how things play out for a week or two.”

Cox said Long On Value and Will Call are pointing towards the Grade 3, $200,000 Troy at 5 ½ furlongs on the turf on August 5.

Long On Value, the winner of the Grade 1 Highlander last out on June 30 at Woodbine, breezed four furlongs in 49.41 seconds on the Oklahoma training track Saturday. Will Call, who won his last stakes appearance in the Grade 3 Turf Sprint on May 4 at Churchill, went four furlongs in 51.02 seconds on the training track as well.

“They're both coming out of their works in good order and I'm excited about both of them,” Cox said.

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