She had already whipped through all of her sophomore peers, systematically breaking their hearts with casual disdain. And while the record said Monomoy Girl was coming into the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) off a “loss,” the fact remained that the daughter of Tapizar had yet to face a foe this year who could pass her on the square.

What Brad Cox’s chestnut protégé hadn’t done yet was step out of her division and see how her talent measured up against the older girls, some of whom already had Eclipse Award hardware to their name. Even with a veteran group doing their darnedest to get her to reach the bottom of her well, the story had the same conclusion it almost always has—Monomoy Girl in front at the wire, her rivals chasing in vain.

Monomoy Girl’s reputation as the best sophomore filly in training can officially be replaced with the label of North America’s best female dirt runner, period, after she rode a perfect stalking trip to a one-length victory over Wow Cat in the 1 1/8-mile Distaff Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.

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