Breeders’ Cup Distaff Title Defense Unlikely For Champion Monomoy Girl

The two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff appears unlikely to defend her title in 2021, reports bloodhorse.com. While Monomoy Girl is back under tack at WinStar Farm, the champion racemare is not expected to return to trainer Brad Cox’s barn for another three weeks, making the first weekend of November a tight target.

“We’ll talk it over with (Spendthrift’s) Ned Toffey (general manger) and Eric Gustavson (owner) and everyone else to come up with a game plan,” Cox told bloodhorse.com. “The Breeders’ Cup would be really tight and I don’t know if it’s a possibility, but there are some other races out there for her. There’s no pressure. She’s such an accomplished mare and has done so much, she will only run if she’s 100 percent right.”

Winner of the Kentucky Oaks and the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 2018, Monomoy Girl missed all of the 2019 season before returning in 2020 to be crowned divisional champion when undefeated across four starts, including the Breeders’ Cup Distaff held at Keeneland.

Monomoy Girl was sold to Spendthrift Farm for $9.5 million at the conclusion of her 2020 racing season, and MyRacehorse leased her 2021 racing rights. MyRacehorse then sold shares in that experience to 10,200 individuals earlier this year. The 6-year-old daughter of Tapizar won the G3 Bayakoa and was second to Letruska in the G1 Apple Blossom thus far this season.

On May 10, MyRacehorse announced that Monomoy Girl was experiencing minor muscle strain and soreness, and would be given 30 days off at WinStar Farm.

Cox named targets like the G1 Cigar Mile, the G1 Clark Handicap, and the G1 Pegasus World Cup as potential future targets for Monomoy Girl.

Read more at bloodhorse.com.

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