LEXINGTON – In what may have been the final race of her career, Monomoy Girl left no doubt concerning the discussion of top female thoroughbred in the United States.
After breaking from the outside No. 10 post position and racing three-wide in both turns, Monomoy Girl rallied down the stretch to win Saturday’s $2 million, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland.
The 5-year-old Monomoy Girl won the Distaff for the second time in three years and improved to 13-2-0 in 15 career races.
It was the fourth Breeders’ Cup victory of the weekend for trainer and Louisville native Brad Cox, tying Richard Mandella for the most in one year. Cox used the word “greatness” to describe Monomoy Girl.
Monomoy Girl won the Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 2018 and then missed all of 2019 after battling colic and a muscle strain. All she did upon her return was go 4 for 4 with a trio of graded-stakes victories.
“Honestly, it’s a relief,” Cox said. “She means the world to me, and it’s a lot of pressure when we run her. I don’t know why. It just is. It’s been a long road back. … She’s an amazing creature. I love her to pieces.
“She’s a mare of a lifetime, very rare,” Geroux said. “It’s like finding a diamond.”