Brad Cox has developed one of the top stables in North America, this year winning his first Grade 1 with Monomoy Girl, who actually has won four Grade 1 stakes to rise to the top of the 3-year-old filly division. Cox has already won 209 races in 2018, a personal best, 32 of those being stakes.
He is 0 for 3 in the Breeders’ Cup, and will send out four starters this year at his home track of Churchill Downs.
GOLDEN MISCHIEF (Filly & Mare Sprint): This 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief has won 4 of 6 starts since being purchased by Juddmonte Farms and turned over to Cox. She has won her last three starts including a head victory over fellow Filly & Mare Sprint contender Chalon in the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland on October 6th.
She had a very impressive half-mile workout on Sunday, going the distance in 47 seconds, the fastest of 113 works at that distance that morning.
“She’s always been a pretty solid workhorse, we were looking for a decent breeze [Sunday] morning and we got that,” Cox said. “She’s got to get a good trip. I’d kind of like to see her draw outside, let the speed move along going seven eighths and she can run them down.”
Golden Mischief drew post 5 in a field of 14.
WILL CALL (Turf Sprint): A 4-year-old son of Country Day is 2 for 2 sprinting on turf at Churchill Downs and is coming off a second-place finish behind Bucchero in the Grade 2 Woodford at Keeneland. That came off a two-month layoff.
“This summer he kind of flattened out, I don’t really think he handled the heat very well,” Cox said. “He did rebound after that; we thought about taking him to Parx the first of September but he wasn’t training the way we were hoping he would. Mid-September he started turning it around. He ran well at Keeneland and deserves a shot in here.”
MONOMOY GIRL (Distaff): Ultra-consistent filly has won eight of 10 starts - including four Grade 1 races this year - with two second-place finishes. One of those “losses” came via disqualification after she finished a neck in front of Midnight Bisou in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx. She was dropped to second by the stewards for interference.
That was her first start off a two-month layoff and Cox felt that perhaps her weaving in the stretch was due to fitness.
“Nine weeks between races, the filly that did get in front of us did have a race in the Alabama a few weeks before.”
Cox feels the filly has stepped it up in her training.
“I feel like she’s really coming into this race in tip-top condition and I feel like we’ll see the best of her,” Cox said. “I feel like she has to move forward to beat these horses and I feel like she can.”
ARKLOW (Turf): Won the Kentucky Downs Turf Cup in September and then came back on October 18th to run second in the Grade 3 Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland. Cox basically used that as a workout for this race, though he did come back with an easy half-mile work on Sunday.
“It’s going to be a big ask of him,” Cox said. “He does like this turf course. He’s got to get a good trip and hope a few of them stub their toe for him to be 1-2-3 in there, but he might be able to get a piece of it.”
As a 3-year-old, in 2017, he won the Grade 1 American Turf over this course.