For trainer Brad Cox, 2018 has been a year he will long remember. He hopes the good vibes keep coming during Fall Stars Weekend that opens the 17-day Keeneland Fall Meet.
Cox's big gun is Flurry Racing Stables' Mr. Misunderstood, a multiple graded-stakes winner who is expected to be in the entry box Wednesday for Saturday's $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).
“He was a flat third in the Tourist Mile at Kentucky Downs last month,” said Cox, whose stable has earned a personal-best $11 million this year, sixth among trainers in North America. “Some horses take to that course. Some don't.”
A winner of a 10 of 14 starts on the grass, Mr. Misunderstood finished sixth in the Maker's 46 Mile (G1) in his lone start over the Keeneland turf course.
“He missed the break that day and still only got beat 2 lengths,” Cox said.
Cox, who notched his first Grade 1 victory when Monomoy Girl won this April's Central Bank Ashland here, will have his first stakes starter of the weekend Friday with Right Time Racing III and Madaket Stables' Meadow Dance in the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1). A maiden winner at Ellis Park, Meadow Dance finished third in the Arlington-Washington Lassie in her previous start.
Also on Saturday, Cox has Klein Racing's TwinSpires Turf Sprint (G3) winner Will Call in the $200,000 Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select (G2). On Sunday, he will send out Fantasy (G3) winner Sassy Sienna in the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1).
As for the aforementioned Monomoy Girl, the four-time Grade 1 winner is at Churchill Downs preparing for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) on Nov. 3.
“She is doing great,” Cox said of the filly, who was disqualified from a victory in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx on Sept. 23. “She is going to have four works there before the Breeders' Cup, and her first one is Saturday.”
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