Breeders' Cup winner Monomoy Girl could face the boys next

Monomoy Girl has in the span of a season won the first Grade 1 race for trainer Brad Cox, the first Kentucky Oaks for his barn and now the first championship event. Cox plans to reward the filly with some time off, but just when remains a question coming out of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Cox said connections will consider the Jan. 26 Pegasus World Cup, an $9 million race against the boys at 1 1/8 miles, for the daughter of Tapizar.

“We’re kind of unsure as to what we’re going to do right now,” Cox said. “While she’s in training, she’d be at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. It’s where she wintered last year. As far as racing goes and when she’ll get a break, she’ll get a break at some point this winter. I’m just not sure how quick it’s going to come.”

Monomoy Girl added a victory against older fillies and mares to her resume by taking the Distaff over the fast-closing Wow Cat. Surely, she’s on pace for an Eclipse Award having not been beaten across the line in a race this year. Her only defeat came via disqualification in the Cotillion Stakes (G1) at Parx Racing.

Cox said Monomoy Girl “really had moved forward” after that final Breeders’ Cup race.

“I don’t want to say she peaked yesterday, but it’s definitely the biggest race she’s had, in my opinion, to date,” he added.

Part of the Pegasus’ allure, Cox said, is continuing to test Monomoy Girl — to measure her greatness with a sporting choice. Beyond that, she’ll be campaigned as a 4-year-old pointing to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park.

“She’s an amazing animal,” Cox said. “She’s stepped up every time for us, and she does wonders for your career.”

Cox also saddled Arklow for a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf with the 4-year-old son of Arch off at 53-1. That colt could go on to the new Pegasus World Cup Turf also at Gulfstream Park.

“He ran a huge race against arguably the toughest — one of the best filly and mare grass horses, period, of all time,” Cox said, speaking of the winner, Enable.

Cox added that Golden Mischief, a Juddmonte Farms runner who was fifth in the Filly & Mare Sprint, has retired. Will Call, fifth in the Turf Sprint, will run next year at age 5.

 

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