Monomoy Girl delivered an “all systems go” performance in the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) April 7 at Keeneland, cruising through :24-second fractions early before opening up in the turn without much urging from Florent Geroux on her way to a 5 1/2-length romp.
“I’ve been doing this on my own I guess 12 or 13 years, and she’s a special filly. We kind of figured that out last fall,” Cox said. We thought she obviously could get us our first grade 1, and it’s worked out really well. She makes it easier to get up in the morning, there’s no doubt about that.”
Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group, and Bethlehem Stables’ Monomoy Girl picked up her fifth win in six starts and secured the first top-level score for her trainer and her sire, Tapizar . She was already the Gainesway-based sire’s first graded stakes winner after opening her 3-year-old season Feb. 17 with a clear victory in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
After enjoying a clear lead through a half-mile in :47.98 and six furlongs in 1:12.62, Geroux said he was trying to keep her focused in the turn. She responded, quickly pulling clear of her six rivals and completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.74. Cox is looking forward to Churchill Downs.
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