TrainerBrad H. Cox
OwnerDubb, M., Monomoy Stables, LLC, The Elkstone Group, LLC (Stuart Grant) and Bethlehem Stables LLC
BreederFPF LLC & Highfield Ranch
Monomoy Girl is undeniably among the best, if not the best, of her generation. The chestnut added another exclamation point to her glittery record when she won the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga Race Course July 22 for her fifth consecutive victory and eighth overall in nine career starts.
Accolades that began as something of a whisper last September when she won her career debut at Indiana Grand Race Course reached a crescendo in Saratoga’s sunshine. Descriptions like “great, convincing, dominant, flawless and versatile” were spread among her future assignment of the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff and an Eclipse Award and her past achievements like the Kentucky Oaks.
Because Monomoy Girl had difficulty in her early lessons leaving the starting gate, her connections reasoned she might be better suited for longer races on turf. After winning her first two starts on grass, Monomoy Girl proved her worth on dirt by winning the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs in October. She closed her two-year-old season when narrowly beaten in Churchill’s Golden Rod Stakes in November. Her undefeated sophomore campaign began with her victory in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes in February.
Monomoy Girl, named for an island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is trained by Louisville native Brad Cox, who grew up going to Churchill Downs with his father. After graduating from Iroquois High School in 1998, Cox learned the basics under various trainers before working as an assistant to Dallas Stewart for five years. He obtained his trainer’s license in 2004 and annually ranks among the nation’s leaders.
Monomoy Girl’s father, Tapizar, won the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita. She was purchased by Liz Crow, agent for co-owner Sol Kumin, for $100,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale. Crow recalls she was especially impressed by the filly’s classy calmness during the busy inspection process at the sales barn.