Monomoy Girl Heads the List of Keeneland Sales Grads in 2018 KY Oaks

(Monomer Girl runs away with victory in Rachel Alexandra Stakes at the Fair Grounds / Photo Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

From the Media Team at Keeneland Racecourse:

Central Bank Ashland Winner Monomoy Girl among Eight
Keeneland Sales Alumni Entered in $1 Million Kentucky Oaks

Monomoy Girl is 2-1 morning-line favorite

LEXINGTON, KY (April 30, 2018)  Monomoy Girl, who won Keeneland’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) on April 7, is among the eight alumni of Keeneland’s 2016 September Yearling Sale entered today in Friday’s 144th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.

Monomoy Girl is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. Post time is 6:12 p.m. ET.

Since 1994, Keeneland sales have produced 11 Kentucky Oaks winners. They include Racing Hall of Famer Ashado, Belmont (G1) winner Rags to Riches and 2017 winner Abel Tasman.

With a victory Friday, Monomoy Girl would become the 34th filly to compete in the Central Bank Ashland and win the Oaks. In 2016, Cathryn Sophia won the Oaks following a third-place finish in the Central Bank Ashland. In 2015, Lovely Maria captured the Central Bank Ashland as a steppingstone to victory in the Oaks.

Keeneland sales alumni entered in this year’s Kentucky Oaks, limited to 14 horses, are:

Chocolate Martini (Broken Vow-Nicksappealinglady) – Carl R. Moore Management purchased the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) winner for $65,000 at the September Sale from consignor Buckland Sales, agent. Tom Amoss trains Chocolate Martini, bred by Savino A. Capilupi, for Double Doors Racing. She will be ridden in the Oaks by Javier Castellano.

Classy Act (Into Mischief-Acting Class) – George Krikorian bred the Rachel Alexandra (G2) runner-up, consigned to the September Sale by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent. Owner Carl R. Moore Management paid $92,000 for Classy Act, trained by Bret Calhoun. She will be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr.

Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute-Diva Delite) – Winner of the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Santa Ynez (G2) and Santa Ysabel (G3) in her past three starts, Midnight Bisou was offered by breeder Woodford Thoroughbreds at the September Sale. Bill Spawr trains the filly for Allen Racing and Bloom Racing Stable. She will be ridden by Mike Smith.

Monomoy Girl (Tapizar-Drumette) – Owned by Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables, Monomoy Girl won the Central Bank Ashland and Rachel Alexandra in her two starts this year by a combined eight lengths as the odds-on favorite in both. Bred by FPF and Highfield Ranch, Monomoy Girl was consigned to the September Sale by Gainesway, agent. She sold for $100,000 to BSW Bloodstock/Liz Crow, agent. Florent Geroux will ride Monomoy Girl for trainer Brad Cox.

My Miss Lilly (Tapit-Wicked Deed) – Owner Courtlandt Farms paid $670,000 for the Gazelle (G2) winner from the consignment of Gainesway, agent, at the September Sale. She was bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds. Mark Hennig trains My Miss Lilly, who will be ridden by Joe Bravo.

Sassy Sienna (Midshipman-Tap for Gold) – Vinery Sales, agent for breeder Haymarket Farm, consigned the Fantasy (G3) winner to the September Sale, where she sold for $65,000 to EQB for Zayat Stables. Brad Cox trains Sassy Sienna for China Horse Club, Medallion Racing and Jerry McClanahan. She will be ridden by Gary Stevens.

Take Charge Paula (Take Charge Indy-Perfect Paula) – Bred by Extern Developments, the Forward Gal (G3) winner is an alumnus of two Keeneland sales. Lane’s End, agent, consigned her as a weanling to the 2015 November Breeding Stock Sale, where she sold to E.J. Sipus Jr. for $40,000. Sipus’ Richwood South, agent, offered Take Charge Paula at the September Sale. Kiaran McLaughlin trains Take Charge Paula for Peter Deutsch. She will be ridden by Jose Ortiz.

Wonder Gadot (Medaglia d’Oro-Loving Vindication) – Eisaman Equine paid $80,000 for the Grade 2 winner, who was second by a nose in the Fantasy and third in both the Fair Grounds Oaks and Rachel Alexandra, at the September Sale from the consignment of breeder Anderson Farms, agent. Mark Casse trains Wonder Gadot for owner Gary Barber. She will be ridden by John Velazquez.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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