With a graded stakes victory under her belt and a security of 50 points on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard in the Gr. II Rachel Alexandra Stakes, Monomoy Girl will likely make her next start in the Gr. I $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on Apr. 7, according to trainer Brad Cox.
“Moving forward plan A is going to be the Ashland at Keeneland,” Cox said. “I spoke with (part owner) Sol Kumin and we really think the Ashland is going to be plan A. We'll just see what happens. She did come out in good order and right now the plan is Keeneland.”
Owned by Kumin, The Elkstone Group LLC, Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stbales LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC, the 3-year-old daughter of Tapizar made her 3-year-old debut in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes which she won under some unfavorable circumstances. She broke out hitting the gate at the start, losing several lengths and was forced to race from far off the pace for the first time in her five-race career. Nevertheless, she was able to overcome all of that and now leads all other fillies on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard with 54 points. She earned four points from her prior start when finishing second behind Road To Victory in Churchill Downs' Gr. II Golden Rod Stakes last fall.
In other news out of the Brad Cox barn, High North (fifth in the Gr. II Risen Star Stakes) could see a drop in class for his next start. Prior to the Risen Star, he was a troubled fourth in the Gr. II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs in November.
“It was good race off the layoff,” Cox said. “(Jockey) Corey (Lanerie) did a good job put him in good position. He didn't finish down the lane lithe way I would've liked. We'll start him back in four or five weeks. We may look at Hot Springs or something at the Fair Grounds. The (Gr. II $1 million Louisiana Derby on Mar. 24) is an outside possibility, but right now we'll likely run in an allowance.”
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