Distaff: Monomoy Girl Shines In ‘Solid’ Breeze Under Twin Spires

It was a very busy Sunday morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Brad Cox, who worked 29 horses, including likely Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff favorite Monomoy Girl and three other Breeders’ Cup contenders.

Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Monomoy Girl came out with her stablemates Arklow (Longines Turf) and Will Call (Turf Sprint) at the special 7:30 a.m. time for Breeders’ Cup runners and worked a half mile in 48.40 in company with older male allowance level runner Dazzling Gem under regular rider Florent Geroux. Her splits were :12.20, :23.60 and :36.20 before galloping out in 1:01.40 and 1:15.80.

“Dazzling Gem was aggressive going to the pole,” Cox said. “The plan was for Monomoy Girl to sit right off him, but Dazzling Gem was aggressive. It still worked out well. Florent was able to range up to him and they went head and head. It was what we were looking for. We didn’t want to do as much as we had in the other works. I caught her in :49 2/5 and out in 1:01 4/5, so a solid breeze.”

Will Call was the first of the trio to break off into his work and was caught in :49.40 for the half mile. His splits were :13, 25 and :37.20 before galloping out in 1:02.40.

“He broke off slow, but finished up well,” Cox said. “Shaun Bridgmohan is his regular rider and was aboard for the work. He was pleased with how he was moving.”

Arklow, who is coming off a second-place finish in the Sycamore Stakes (GIII) at Keeneland Oct. 18, went an easy half mile in :49.60 with splits of :25 and :37.20 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.80.

“Arklow is just going off a race last week, so we didn’t need him to do too much,” Cox said. “We just wanted to let him stretch his legs. We may not have the fastest horse in the race, but he may be the fittest. He deserves a shot.”

Getting a jump start on the morning was Filly & Mare Sprint entry Golden Mischief, who came out at 5:15 a.m. and worked a bullet half mile in 47. It was the fastest of the 113 half-mile works Sunday. Her splits were :13, :24.60 and :35.80 before galloping out in :59.40 and in 1:13.60.

“She looked fantastic,” Cox said. “She broke off nice and easy. Galloped out well. I’m just super pleased with her. She did everything right.”

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