'The real deal,' Monomoy Girl works for Acorn before the races

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Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl was originally scheduled to breeze at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, but when overnight rain left the track muddy, the multiple Grade I-winning filly was permitted to work five furlongs in :59.40 over a “fast” surface prior to the first race.

With regular rider Florent Geroux aboard, the Brad Cox-trained daughter of Tapizar breezed in company with 5-year-old gelding and $400,940-earner Dazzling Gem through splits of :13, :25, :36.60 and :48.40 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.80 and seven-eighths of a mile in 1:26.40.

“It was a really solid work,” Cox said. “It was exactly what we were looking for. We really wanted to keep her on a schedule with 13 days out from the race. We could’ve breezed her on the mud this morning but it would’ve been more of a maintenance work and I wanted to do something a little more with her.

“The track was better this afternoon, and she did it the right way. If she can keep putting things together in the afternoon as she does in the morning training she’ll be tough in the Acorn,” run June 9 on the Belmont Stakes undercard.

“The horse she breezed with is pretty nice,” Geroux added . “She did everything really well and worked easy. She got by (Dazzling Gem) with no problem and galloped out well.”

Monomoy Girl is preparing for her first start since overcoming an outside post in the Oaks, defeating 13 rivals with Wonder Gadot the closest to her a half length back in the Oaks. In the Grade 1 Acorn, she’s expected to meet Oaks betting favorite Midnight Bisou as well as 2-year-old champion filly Caledonia Road.

“I still pinch myself that we actually won the Oaks,” the Louisville native Cox said. “I’m so proud of our whole team and this filly. She’s the real deal.”


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