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Champion Monomoy Girl Retired

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Two-time Breeders' Cup Champion, two-time Eclipse Award winner and seven-time Grade 1 winner, MONOMOY GIRL has been retired from racing. The mare sustained a sesamoid fracture that will end her racing career.


"MONOMOY GIRL went out for a routine gallop Tuesday morning and came back a little off in her right front leg. We had it x-rayed and found a nondisplaced fracture of the sesamoid. Obviously, we're very disappointed," said trainer Brad Cox. "She's walking sound today and it's not anything that will require surgery. It's just unfortunate that it will end her racing career."


MONOMOY GIRL was on her return to racing after following a break after finishing second to LETRUSKA in the Apple Blossom (G1) at Oaklawn. She was sold during the Fasig-Tipton November Night of the Stars sale after last year's Breeders' Cup races for $9.5 million by Spendthrift, My Racehorse and Madaket Stables. 


Spendthrift Farm expects her to arrive in Lexington this week where she will settle into her new career as a broodmare. Breeding plans have not yet been determined. 


MONOMOY GIRL was a stakes winner at two. She won four consecutive Grade 1 victories in her 3-year-old season including the Ashland, Acorn, CCA Oaks and Kentucky Oaks. She won the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) as a three-year-old as well, earning her first Eclipse Award as the 2018 Champion 3-year-old filly. 


MONOMOY GIRL did not have a four-year-old campaign due to setbacks but returned as a five-year-old to win four in a row and another Breeders' Cup Distaff. She earned a second Eclipse Award as the 2020 Champion Older Dirt Female. 


MONOMOY GIRL retires with earnings of $4,776,818 and as the fifth highest-earning dirt female of all time. Her name has been added to a list that includes the likes of ZENYATTA, BEHOLDER, MIDNIGHT BISOU and ROYAL DELTA. 


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