Tapizar’s Monomoy Girl ‘ran like a monster’ to clinch championship in Breeders’ Cup Distaff

3YO filly wins fifth Grade 1 of the season

Against one of the deepest fields of the Breeders’ Cup weekend, 3-year-old Tapizar filly Monomoy Girl stamped her authority over the filly and mare division with a sensational victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. Monomoy Girl won her fifth Grade 1 of what certainly will be a championship season.

At Churchill Downs, Monomoy Girl was returning to her home track where she was last seen winning the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (G1). She is the first filly since Tapit’s champion daughter Untapable to capture both the Oaks and the Distaff.

Confidently handled by jockey Florent Geroux from far outside post 11, Monomoy Girl stalked early leader Wonder Gadot before taking command in the stretch and holding off Beldame Stakes (G1) winner Wow Cat by one length at the wire.

“She ran the way she was training,” trainer Brad Cox said. “She was training like a monster, and she ran like a monster. She is a special filly, one of a kind, an unbelievable filly.”

Monomoy Girl races for Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group, and Bethlehem Stables. She 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.