Two graduates of Keeneland’s 2016 September Yearling Sale – 5-2 favorite Monomoy Girl and Wonder Gadot – battled down the Churchill Downs stretch in Friday’s 144thrunning of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) with Monomoy Girl prevailing by a half-length in the 1 1/8-mile classic for 3-year-old fillies.
Finishing third was September Sale alumnus and Grade 1 winner Midnight Bisou.
“What a battle,” winning trainer Brad Cox said. “Two really nice fillies hooked up at the quarter pole. Florent (Geroux) did a great job. She responded and dug in. It was an amazing victory.”
Monomoy Girl, who won Keeneland’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) on April 7, is the 34thfilly to compete in the Central Bank Ashland and win the Oaks. She is the 12thKentucky Oaks winner produced by Keeneland sales since 1994.
The 3-year-old daughter of Tapizar, bred in Kentucky by FPF and Highfield Ranch, was consigned to Keeneland’s 2016 September Yearling Sale by Gainesway, agent. She sold for $100,000 to BSW Bloodstock/Liz Crow, agent.
2016 September Yearling Sale: Monomoy Girl
Undefeated in three starts this year with six wins in seven career races, Monomoy Girl races for Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables.
A total of eight Keeneland sales alumni were among the 14 runners in the Kentucky Oaks. Runner-up Wonder Gadot sold for $80,000 at the September Sale.