The 1 1/16-mile Rachel Alexandra did not unfold exactly as planned for Monomoy Girl, who races for Michael Dubb, Sol Kumin’s Monomoy Stables, the Elkstone Group, and Bethlehem Stables. Sent off the 4-5 favorite in a seven-horse field, the filly broke flat-footed and hit the gate under Florent Geroux, then wound up last as Classy Act set the early tempo of :23.58 for a quarter-mile with Testing One Two in close pursuit.

While her connections expected her to be up close to the pace, Monomoy Girl was still last as Classy Act ran a half-mile in :46.83. But it was about then that Geroux tipped his mount out to begin her rally, and she responded with a tremendous sweeping run that put her right into contention through three-quarters in 1:11.80.

“When she passed a horse or two, she started getting confidence and jumped on the bit,” the jockey said. “From there, she wanted to go.”

Monomoy Girl passed Classy Act and jockey Javier Castellano in upper stretch, and maintained her advantage despite ducking out slightly from Geroux’s left-handed urging. Straightened out and placed under a strong hand ride, she carried clear to a 2 1/2-length victory in a final time of 1:43.26 on a fast track.

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