Monomoy Girl blitzes CCA Oaks for fourth Grade 1 win

‘Once in a lifetime’ filly now 8-for-9 lifetime

Tapizar filly Monomoy Girl tightened her stranglehold on North America’s 3-year-old filly division with yet another dominating performance, this time in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) July 22 at Saratoga Race Course. It was her fourth consecutive Grade 1 win of the season.

Already the holder of top-level victories in the Ashland Stakes, Kentucky Oaks, and Acorn Stakes, Monomoy Girl and regular jockey Florent Geroux immediately took control of the Coaching Club and set all the fractions. Grade 1 winner and second choice Midnight Bisou had dead aim on the Brad Cox trainee at the top of the stretch but simply could not match strides with Monomoy Girl, who scored decisively by three lengths.

“I think she locked up the championship,” said Sol Kumin of Monomoy Stables, which owns the chestnut filly with Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, and Bethlehem Stables. “I am so proud of her. She’s a special horse. Horses like her only come around once in a lifetime.”

Monomoy Girl was bred in Kentucky by Brendan and Olive Gallagher’s Frankfort Park Stud and Michael Hernon’s Highfield Ranch from the Henny Hughes mare Drumette and was a $100,000 purchase by agent Liz Crow at the 2016 Keeneland September sale.