Monomoy Girl showed she’s a filly to watch Sunday on a Churchill Downs “Stars of Tomorrow” card designed to do just that. The 2-year-old filly campaigned by Michael Dubb and Monomoy Stables raced to a front-running win in the $80,000 Rags to Riches Stakes.
Chased through a swift opening four furlongs by longshot Foxtrot Sally, Monomoy Girl fended off the challenge, then cruised to a final time of 1:36.29 for the one-turn mile under jockey Florent Geroux.
“Surprisingly, she was very relaxed on the lead just plucking her ears back and forth,” Geroux said. “When I asked her to go, she gave me a nice kick at the end.”
Trained by Brad Cox, the daughter of Tapizar was a $100,000 purchase as a yearling and entered Sunday’s race 2-for-2 with victories in maiden and allowance company on the turf.
A successful switch to dirt had Cox saying that “without a doubt” she’ll next target Churchill’s Grade 2 Golden Rod, a points-paying Kentucky Oaks prep.
“It was a big effort,” Cox said. “She had two really nice breezes coming into this race, and obviously it was a little bit of an unknown running her on the dirt. She was really struggling out of the gate this summer, and that’s one reason we started her long on the turf.”
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