Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables' ultra-classy Monomoy Girl, winner of the May 4 Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and top contender for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (GI), worked a sharp five furlongs in 1:00.20 Sunday morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Brad Cox.
With regular jockey Florent Geroux aboard, Monomoy Girl worked alongside stablemate and Monmouth Oaks (GIII) runner-up Sassy Sienna through splits of :13, :26, :37 and :49.20, according to Cox's watch. Monomoy Girl is scheduled to ship to Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa. on Wednesday to run in the $1 million Cotillion (GI) on Saturday.
“She's coming off a bit of a layoff from the (July 22) Coaching Club American Oaks (GI),” Cox said. “I'm not too concerned with the break, though. She's worked every week and galloped strongly every day. Today's breeze she broke off nicely and galloped out well. It was a strong work. Over the last couple of weeks, you could tell her gallops have gotten more aggressive and that she's sharp.”
A 3-year-old daughter of Tapizar, Monomoy Girl has only one blemish in her stellar nine-race career – a runner-up effort as a 2-year-old in the Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs.
Following her narrow Kentucky Oaks win over Wonder Gadot, Monomoy Girl successfully tackled the June 9 Acorn Stakes (GI) at Belmont Park before her three-length win Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga.
“She's been really good to us all summer,” Geroux said. “She's ready to go for the Cotillion. I'm very happy with her preparation and she acts like she's maturing and getting better. She's very classy.”
Monomoy Girl is likely to face fellow Kentucky Oaks contenders Wonder Gadot and Chocolate Martini in the Cotillion.
“We've faced a lot of these contenders before and we'll probably have to face them again in November for the Breeders' Cup,” Cox said. “She still has to perform to her top level, even though she's beaten them before. Just like Monomoy is doing, these horses could be getting better as time goes on.”
The Breeders' Cup will be held at Churchill Downs for a ninth time on Friday Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. For more information, visit www.BreedersCup.com.
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