CRAWFORD | Louisville's Cox draws outside post for Kentucky Oaks favorite Monomoy Girl
It's not how trainer Brad Cox would draw it up, but he said he'll draw up a plan for favorite Monomoy Girl breaking from the No. 14 post in the Kentucky Oaks.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – You work for a lifetime to get to this point. For trainer Brad Cox, it has meant paying his dues. The Louisville native and graduate of Iroquois High School is set for the kind of weekend he once only dreamed about, with three talented fillies in the Kentucky Oaks – including 2-1 morning line favorite Monomoy Girl.
So he wasn’t going to let an unfortunate post-position draw dampen his enthusiasm after Monomoy Girl drew the far outside No. 14 post in the Oaks pill pull on Monday morning at Churchill Downs.
“It’s not ideal,” Cox said. “But we’ll huddle up and come up with a game plan.”
Monomoy Girl, winner of the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes on April 7 after winning the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra in February, still had the confidence of Churchill Downs’ oddsmaker Mike Battaglia. She’ll be ridden by Florent Geroux.
“She’s very talented, and is 2-for-2 using two different running styles,” Cox said. “Both races were different, and let her show her versatility. . . . We’ll probably not try to make the lead with her. We’ll probably set back, that’s what post 14 decides for us. But Florent knows her, and ultimately it will be up to him where he’ll play her. A mile and an eighth is a long way around there. At the end of the day, you’d probably prefer to be in a little bit. But being out there, there’s no pressure. A lot of people see the 14 hole and it scares them. But you’re in the gate less than anyone else, and nobody on the outside of her, and that’s not a bad thing. We’ll see.”
Cox also has Sassy Siena under Gary Stevens breaking from the other hard-luck post, the No. 1 hole, at odds of 12-1. The good news for his barn? Kelly’s Humor benefitted from some defections to make the Oaks field. She’s at 30-1 and will be ridden by Irad Ortiz.
Midnight Bisou, trained by Bill Spawr and ridden by Mike Smith, is the No. 2 choice at 5-2 breaking out of the No. 10 post.
Dale Romans, trainer of Coach Rocks, co-owned by former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, got the No. 2 post and 12-1 morning line odds.
“I don’t think we’ll be on the lead, but if she runs like she did last time out we’ll be good,” Romans said. “We’re in good shape.”
Those same odds were assigned to Tom Amoss’ Chocolate Martini, a former claimer who has climbed to Oaks stature after winning the Fair Grounds Oaks.
The complete Kentucky Oaks post positions and odds are below . . .
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