Kentucky Derby 2020 Radar: Mr. Monomoy runs to his pedigree



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Shuffled again initially of his Keeneland debut, Mr. Monomoy went immediately to the entrance on Saturday at Churchill Downs, then took them the entire approach in maiden particular weight corporate in a efficiency have compatibility for the 2020 Kentucky Derby Radar.

The two-year-old half-brother to champion Monomoy Lady carved out fractions of 22.91 seconds for the outlet quarter mile and 46.68 for the half of. That put him a half of duration in entrance of tempo urgent Prodigious Bay.

However there was once no relenting within the stretch, as a son of Palace Malice with some acquainted connections pulled away to succeed through five 1/2 lengths in a last time of one:17.57.

After Mike Smith rode Mr. Monomoy to a last fourth in the beginning asking, Florent Geroux picked up the mount Saturday for teacher Brad Cox. Sol Kumin’s Madaket Stables and Michael Dubb — two companions in Monomoy Lady — marketing campaign this chestnut colt with Doheny Racing.

Via a Belmont Stakes winner and out of the Henny Hughes mare Drumette, Mr. Monomoy confirmed a method Saturday very similar to his sister, who received the 2018 Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Distaff beneath the Dual Spires.

Mr. Monomoy figures to move longer because the Cox barn strikes to Louisiana’s Truthful Grounds towards the top of this month. There, a lot of allowance races are within the situation ebook for non winners of two, whilst a race just like the Dec. 21 Sugar Bowl, a $75,000 stakes at 3/four of a mile, may just additionally function a springboard to the Derby path.

Truthful Grounds’ points-paying Derby preps will run at new distances in 2020 with the Lecomte (G3) lengthened to at least one 1/16 miles from a mile and 70 yards; the Risen Megastar (G2) to at least one 1/Eight miles from 1 1/16; and the Louisiana Derby (G2) to at least one 3/16 miles from 1 1/8.

“The elongated distances of the Risen Megastar and Louisiana Derby will assist differentiate our races from the opposite Kentucky Derby preps,” Truthful Grounds’ racing secretary, Scott Jones, stated previous q4. “We consulted with key individuals from fresh years, they usually have been in prefer of the slight alterations.”

Mr. Monomoy bought for $60,000 as a weanling within the 2017 Keeneland November sale. Kumin later discovered him in an out of the country sale, hanging a profitable bid of $202,230.

“He’s through Palace Malice and has actually taken to the dust neatly because the pedigree instructed,” Cox stated ahead of Saturday’s race. “I don’t actually understand how he ended up in a sale in France breezing at the turf, nevertheless it labored out neatly for the ones guys promoting him in France, and I believe it’ll figure out neatly for us, too.”

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