Monomoy Girl ‘set up for a big race’ in Breeders’ Cup

October 28, 2018 10:10am
Monomoy Girl ‘set up for a big race’ in Breeders’ Cup
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Trainer Brad Cox said Sunday morning that Monomoy Girl’s final work ahead of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff “was what we were looking for,” with the likely champion 3-year-old filly clocking a half mile in 48.40 seconds at Churchill Downs.

Breezing outside of stablemate Dazzling Gem, an older male, Monomoy Girl broke off some five lengths behind, ranged up at the quarter pole and remained head and head with her workmate through the gallop out.

“That was it as far as works go, and I think she’s set up for a big race on Saturday,” Cox said.

Monomoy Girl hasn’t been beaten across the wire in six starts this season. Last out, however, she suffered her first defeat of the year when disqualified from a neck win in the Cotillion Stakes (G1) at Parx Racing. The daughter of Tapizar is known to lose her focus once ahead of the competition, and that appeared a classic case.

Midnight Bisou, another Distaff contender, was awarded the victory. Though regardless of the stewards’ ruling, the competition did get closer that day to Monomoy Girl than we’ve seen from a horse that reeled off four straight Grade 1 wins from spring through summer.

Also the Kentucky Oaks winner, Monomoy Girl will match up with last year’s champ, Abel Tasman, along with the likes of Churchill specialist Blue Prize in the Distaff.

“It’s a very solid group of fillies,” Cox said. “We’ve got to show up and run as well as we’ve ever run or even better to get the job done. But this filly’s doing every bit as good as she has all year. She hasn’t regressed at all. I’m happy with where we are.”

Cox also sent to the track for works Sunday Arklow, a contender for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, who went a half mile in 49.60. It was the 4-year-old Arch colt’s first breeze back from a runner-up to prep in Keeneland’s Oct. 18 Sycamore Stakes (G2).

Golden Mischief, who won her final prep for the Filly & Mare Sprint, Keeneland’s Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2), went out early Sunday and drilled the bullet four furlongs in 47 seconds flat.


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