2018 KY Oaks Winner Monomoy Girl Looking Sharp

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Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Monomoy Girl was originally scheduled to breeze Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) at Churchill Downs but when overnight rain left the track “muddy,” the multiple Grade I winning filly was permitted to work five furlongs in :59.40 over a “fast” surface at 12:15 p.m. prior to the first race.

With regular rider Florent Geroux aboard, the Brad Cox-trained daughter of Tapizar breezed in company with 5-year-old gelding and $400,940-earner Dazzling Gem through splits of :13, :25, :36.60 and :48.40 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.80 and seven-eighths of a mile in 1:26.40.

“It was a really solid work,” Cox said. “It was exactly what we were looking for. We really wanted to keep her on a schedule with 13 days out from the race. We could’ve breezed her on the mud this morning but it would’ve been more of a maintenance work and I wanted to do something a little more with her. The track was better this afternoon and she did it the right way. If she can keep putting things together in the afternoon as she does in the morning training she’ll be tough in the Acorn.”

“The horse she breezed with is pretty nice,” Geroux said. “She did everything really well and worked easy. She got by (Dazzling Gem) with no problem and galloped out well.”

Monomoy Girl (7-6-1-0—$1,120,750), who is preparing for a start in the $700,000 Acorn (GI) on the June 9 Belmont Stakes undercard, defeated 13 rivals to win the Kentucky Oaks by a half-length over Wonder Gadot.

“I still pinch myself that we actually won the Oaks,” Louisville native Cox said. “I’m so proud of our whole team and this filly. She’s the real deal.”

Source: Press Release

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