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Co-owner Sol Kumin, who owns shares of Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl and another top 3-year-old filly, Midnight Bisou, revealed race plans for both horses this week in an interview with BloodHorse’s Alicia Hughes.
Kumin said the horses may meet eventually in Parx Racing’s Cotillion (G1) on Sept. 22. But first, Monomoy Girl will race July 22 in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga, while Midnight Bisou is expected to start next in the Aug. 18 Alabama (G1), also at the Spa.
Kumin cited the Alabama’s 1 1/4-mile distance — the Coaching Club American Oaks runs at nine furlongs — as a reason to point Monomoy Girl to the less lucrative race.
Monomoy Girl, the Kentucky Oaks winner in her last start, won the Acorn (G1) last out on Belmont Stakes day. The beaten Kentucky Oaks favorite, Midnight Bisou returned last Saturday to dominate Belmont Park’s Mother Goose (G2).
“The distance will be fine for her,” Kumin told BloodHorse of the Alabama’s 10 furlongs.
Before her potential meeting with Monomoy Girl, Midnight Bisou also figures to face Queen’s Plate winner and Kentucky Oaks runner-up Wonder Gadot in the Alabama.