Monomoy Girl heads back to the track with ‘one more shot’

January 14, 2020 04:40pm
Monomoy Girl heads back to the track with ‘one more shot’
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Bloodstock agent and racing manager Liz Crow announced Tuesday that Monomoy Girl, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2018, is headed to Fair Grounds with trainer Brad Cox.

The daughter of Tapizar, now 5, hasn’t raced since winning the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Distaff because of a pair of setbacks last season — first a bout of colic in the spring before a muscle strain sidelined her again in the fall.

Crow tweeted that the mare “sure doesn’t owe us anything,” a sentiment echoed by trainer Brad Cox in a recent interview with Gene McLean of The Pressbox.

Cox told McLean he’s received videos “almost every other day” from Ocala, Fla., where Monomoy Girl has continued light training toward her comeback.

“She looks amazing — tremendous, moving great,” the trainer said. “…She’ll never return to the races unless she’s 100% sound and ready to go. We’ve got a long road ahead of us, and I’m excited about the challenge.

“At the end of the day, I honestly feel like this time around there’s no pressure. If she makes it back, great. If she doesn’t, it’s all good. She’ll be sent off and retired.”

Cox added that “we’ll just give it one more shot and see where it goes.”

Monomoy Girl sports a 9-for-11 career record for the connections of Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables. During her championship season, the chestnut crossed the wire first in all seven of her races, suffering her lone defeat when disqualified from a victory over division rival Midnight Bisou in the Cotillion Stakes (G1).

 

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