Monomoy Girl 'in a good spot' for Cotillion Stakes

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September 21, 2018 09:16am

Leading 3-year-old filly Monomoy Girl has settled in nicely at her temporary home in barn 11 on the Parx backstretch and considered to be the star attraction in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.


The filly by Tapizar arrived late Wednesday afternoon by van after her short flight from Churchill Downs led her to Wilmington, Delaware. She took to the track for the first time shortly after 7am., Thursday morning.


"She settles in well," said trainer Brad Cox. "She shipped to Belmont well, Saratoga well and Keeneland well. She was at Keeneland awhile before the race [Grade 1 Ashland, April 7]. She seems to handle the shipping and she's been on the plane several times. She's accustomed to everything thrown at her so far."


The Cotillion will be the fifth straight Grade 1 start this year for the Kentucky-bred filly who remains perfect through five starts this year on as many different race courses, including a win in the Kentucky Oaks. Most recently, she won the July 22 Coaching Club American Oaks by three lengths at Saratoga.


The 38-year-old Louisville, Kentucky-born Cox never imagined nor allowed himself to dream that the $100,000 Keeneland September yearling would be in such a position at this point in her career.


"No, not like this honestly," said Cox. "I'm very much a one race at a time person. I don't get too far ahead. I just try to put a game plan together for the race coming up which obviously is the Cotillion and try to execute it. I've been asked about the Breeders' Cup and honestly I haven't even gotten that far. Right now I'm just worried about Saturday, or not worried about it, but planning for Saturday. These horses are fragile individuals so you can't get too far ahead."


Parx will be the seventh racetrack Monomoy Girl will try in her 10th career start, and its tight turns should work in her favor, said Cox, who has only had five starters at the Philadelphia race track since taking out his license in 2004 after serving as an assistant to Dallas Stewart.


"I think it should be a positive with her style on this track," said Cox. "I have not raced here much, but I've watched several races from here and I think it'll suit her well. I really do. I won one race here. It was a filly we shipped over from Belmont a few years ago named Shopaholic. Actually, we ran her a month before, maybe two weeks before, and she ran second. We brought her right back over and she won. We haven't run many here."


As for Saturday's Cotillion, Cox and his ownership which includes Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables LLC, The Elkstone Group LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC, are expecting another strong performance from their filly, but the field of seven looking to dethrone her from the winners' circle bring a wealth of talent to the gate come post time.


"This is a good group of fillies," Cox added. "For one million dollars people are going to show up and run. We don't fear anyone, but we respect everyone. I feel like there are three really good fillies. Midnight Bisou, Wonder Gadot and Seperationofpowers. You're talking about a Grade 2 winner, a Grade 1 winner and a multiple Grade 1 winner so it's a solid, solid group of fillies. We don't fear them, but we do respect them. You know they'll run their race, and they're all going to be effective and tough to beat.”


"We're in a good spot," he added. "I wouldn't trade spots with any of them, I'll put it that way. But like I said earlier, with her and the way she likes to run and the track and all that I think this is going to be a good race. I thought after the Acorn that this is the race we were going to point for and we just kind of used the Coaching Club American Oaks as a little bit of a race to keep her turning over and keep her going. This is a race we targeted since I'd say late spring or early summer. It looked like a good spot to springboard to the Breeders' Cup, hopefully."


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