Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb and Doheny Racing Stable's Mr. Monomoy, the 2-year-old half-brother to champion filly Monomoy Girl, will attempt to break his maiden in his second start Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Brad Cox, Mr. Monomoy finished fourth in his debut on Oct. 19 at Keeneland after getting squeezed at the break. The son of Palace Malice drew post position No. 7 in Race 8 Saturday, a 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight contest for 2-year-olds. Mr. Monomoy was cross-entered in the same conditioned race Friday at Churchill Downs but was on the also-eligible list and will likely wait until Saturday's race even if he would draw in with late scratches, according to Cox.
“We've had him a few months but he keeps getting bigger and stronger,” Cox said. “He was bought as a weanling (for $60,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November Sale) and somehow ended up in France and Sol Kumin purchased him. Sol called me and said he just purchased Monomoy Girl's brother out of a sale in France. I said, 'Man, you don't miss much do you?'
“He sent the horse over to Bruce Jackson at Fair Hill and Bruce spent some time with him and did a good job. He came to us somewhat of an immature horse but has really picked up. He's by Palace Malice and has really taken to the dirt well as the pedigree suggested. I don't really know how he ended up in a sale in France breezing on the turf but it worked out well for those guys selling him in France and I think it'll work out well for us, too.”
Mr. Monomoy sold at the 2019 Arqana May Sale for $202,230.
Florent Geroux, the regular rider for Monomoy Girl, has the call on Mr. Monomoy, who is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the field of 11 juveniles. Post time is 4:36 p.m. (all times Eastern). Saturday's 11-race program gets underway at 1 p.m.
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