Cautious Optimism for Cox’s Monomoy Girl

May 15, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The star of Saturday’s spectacular Opening Day program at Churchill Downs is 2018 champion Monomoy Girl. And, while trainer Brad Cox remains optimistic on the return of his superstar, he expressed gratitude for even being able to have a champion mare return to the barn following an 18-month layoff.

“It’s so special to have a champion return to the races when we were faced with much uncertainty with her time on the sidelines,” Cox said. “She’s matured and seems ready to run again. It’s exciting for all of the owners involved with her because they’ve been patient waiting for her return.”

Monomoy Girl is listed as the 4-5 favorite on veteran oddsmaker Mike Battaglia’s morning line odds as she’s slated to face a field of six rivals including the return of graded stakes winner Talk Veuve to Me for trainer Steve Asmussen.

“We may have had the opportunity to run her at Oaklawn but when the condition book came out for Churchill, this race was perfect,” Cox said. “It’s a solid field on Saturday. I wouldn’t say we are nervous for her return but more excitement because we are all ready to get her back.”

Cox setup shop in his customary Barn 22 at Churchill Downs with a string of about 40 horses with many ready to enter.

“Really not a lot has changed from a training perspective (during the COVID-19 pandemic),” Cox said. “We sort of experienced racing without fans at Fair Grounds and Oaklawn. It’s definitely a different atmosphere but we’re back home and thankful to get racing started at Churchill Downs.”

Cox entered eight horses Opening Weekend at Churchill Downs. For free Brisnet past performances, visit www.churchilldowns.com/racing-handicapping/handicapping/expert-picks.

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