Outside of Triple Crown winner Justify, all of the other sophomore runners, both male and female, have been inconsistent at best, while Monomoy Girl has reeled off four straight stakes victories in 2018, with the three most recent being in Grade 1 races.
Monomoy Girl has a modest pedigree and thus she turned out to be a bargain priced $100,000 Keeneland yearling purchase. She is by the Gainesway Farm stallion Tapizar, who stood for the relatively low price of $12,500 when she was bred. Her dam Drumette is by Henny Hughes and she raced only four times in her career with a record of [4: 1-0-1] and earnings of $18,562. Drumette went to the auction ring three times as a broodmare, never attracting a price of more than $90,000. She actually sold for $75,000 while pregnant with her third foal, Monomoy Girl. Her first two are winners and there is a full brother named Cowboy Diplomacy, who is an unraced 2-year-old that sold for $175,000 as a yearling.
With her powerful victory in the Acorn (G1) on the Belmont Stakes undercard, Monomoy Girl not only reinforced her position as the top 3-year-old filly in the country, she also earned my vote in the most recent NTRA poll as the second best 3-year-old of either gender.
Monomoy Girl, who is owned by the partnership of Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables (Sol Kumin), and the Elkstone Group (Stuart Grant), won the Acorn by a widening margin of two-lengths. That victory came on the heels of her win in the Kentucky Oaks, a race in which she battled head to head with Wonder Gadot after breaking from the far outside 14 post position. Proponents of bounce theories expected the Brad Cox-trainee to digress after such a strenuous victory. Instead, Monomoy Girl earned a career high Beyer Speed Figure of 98 and she has never had a decrease in her speed figures over her eight-race career.
Typically, Monomoy Girl likes to run right on the early pace in her races, but in the Acorn, jockey Florent Geroux sensed a hot pace and pulled his filly off of the leaders to make a closing move later in the race.
Even though her two siblings were not noteworthy runners, Monomoy Girl has been highly regarded on the track since her first start. She debuted on the turf in September of 2017 going a mile at Indiana Downs at odds of 1.50-1 and won by more than 3-lengths. That was followed by an allowance victory at Churchill Downs in her final start on the grass.
From there it was on to dirt and her first stakes victory in the Rags to Riches at Churchill. Monomoy Girl is just a neck from being unbeaten in her eight-race career. In her 2-year-old season finale she broke slowly in the Golden Rod (G2) and then raced a bit erratically down the stretch for her only loss.
Monomoy Girl is a great example of a horse that was purchased by a partnership group at auction for a very reasonable price and has found great success. Now the leading candidate for divisional honors, she has career stats that stand at [8: 7-1-0] with earnings of $1,495,750. Look for her to make her next start at Saratoga on July 22 in the Coaching Club American Oaks.
Photo of Monomoy Girl courtesy of NYRA/Chelsea Durand