Sol Kumin Stable Tour

Top owner Sol Kumin is double-handed with chances at the Breeders' Cup, led by Distaff favourite Monomoy Girl and also including Aunt Pearl, Authentic and Uni.

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When Monomoy Girl  suffered two physical setbacks that prevented her from running as a four-year-old it would have been an easy decision to sell the three-year-old filly champion of 2018 and move on.

Instead, owner Sol Kumin and his partners decided to stick it out and bring her back as a five-year-old. So far, it has paid dividends with three wins from as many starts and a mare that appears to be thriving entering Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland.

The decision to keep her Monomoy Girl in training, Kumin said, was an easy one for he and his partners Michael Dubb and Michael Caruso.

Watch the 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November.

“The ownership group loves racing,” said Kumin, who noted Monomoy Girl holds sentimental value as the first Grade 1 winner for trainer Brad Cox, winning the Kentucky Oaks, and her being the first purchase by bloodstock agent Liz Crow. “All that stuff together has made her one of those special horses. Besides the fact she’s really good, there’s just a lot of sentimental attachment to her.”

Monomoy Girl capped her three-year-old championship in 2018 with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She is one of 10 or 11 horses Kumin hopes to run in this year’s two-day event, November 6-7, at Keeneland.

In addition to Monomoy Girl, Kumin will have top contenders Uni in the Mile, Authentic in the Classic, Aunt Pearl and Plum Ali in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Speech in the Filly and Mare Sprint, and C Z Rocket and Whitmore in the Sprint. Classier was an impressive debut winner and will now step up into the Juvenile. Cowan is a longshot in the Juvenile Turf Sprint. Harlan Estate would need several defections to get into the Juvenile Turf.

“Winning Breeders’ Cup races and the Eclipse Awards that’s where it’s at,” said Kumin, who has been part owner of five Breeders’ Cup winners. “When you’re walking through your trophy room and look at everything those are the ones that stick out. It’s a huge weekend, it matters more than anything. I feel like we’ve got a good bunch of shots. It’s so hard to win but if we can come out of there with a win or two, we’d be completely thrilled.”

MONOMOY GIRL is the ante-post favourite for the Distaff. She has won 12 of 14 career starts and one of her losses came via disqualification.

A bout with colic and then a hind end muscle pull forced her to miss 2019. This year, she won an allowance race in May, the Grade 2 Ruffian at Belmont in July and the Grade 1 La Troienne at Churchill in September.

“All the credit really goes to Brad Cox, he’s just done a terrific job with her,” Kumin said. “Having her come back and win was great, but having her come back and be able to perform at the highest level is a credit to his team.”

UNI is another horse that Kumin and his partners could have sold at the end of last year and cashed out. She was coming off a win against males in the BC Mile and was named female turf champion.

Kumin, Dubb, Caruso and Robert LaPenta opted to bring Uni back at six. Her first two races were disappointing, but she bounced back with a Grade 1 victory in the First Lady at Keeneland on October 3rd.

“Because of that race I’m happy we brought her back,” Kumin said. “If you had asked me before that race it probably would have been a different conversation. She’s going to be a hard one to see retire, she’s a family favorite at the Kumin house, we’ve had her for a long time. We bought her when she was very young, she’s been an awesome filly. She’s small and has a huge heart and a big turn of foot. She’s just an awesome horse and I’m sad to see her go.”

WHITMORE is a seven-year-old gelding who had won 14 of 37 starts and earned more than $3.2 million He is making his fourth career-start in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, a race he was third in last year and second in 2018. His form has tailed off since a couple of nice races at Oaklawn Park, but is capable of making an impact when at his best.

C Z ROCKET, who has won five consecutive races since being claimed for $40,000 earlier this year, is a stronger chance for Kumin in the Sprint. He has a stalking style that may suit the make-up of this race. C Z Rocket is trained by Peter Miller, who won the BC Sprint in 2017-18 with Roy H.

“He’s run a couple of serious races in a row, Peter has a history of doing well in the Breeders’ Cup and doing well in these sprint races,” Kumin said. “I think the horse is going to run really well.”

Kumin is part of several partnerships including Madaket Stables, Monomoy Stables and Head of Plains Partners. His Madaket Stables is part-owner of AUTHENTIC, who won the Kentucky Derby and was most recently second in the Preakness. He is one of two three-year-olds - Tiz the Law being the other - entered in the $6 million Classic.

Authentic is trained by Bob Baffert, a three-time winner of the Classsic.

“If you look at his last couple of races and he moves forward just a little bit I think he fits with all these horses and he’s going to be competitive,” Kumin said. “He’s doing really well and I’m excited to see how he runs. This is a tough race; there are six or seven horses that if any of them fire their ‘A’ race they can win, but I think he’s one of them.”

Kumin believes SPEECH is a live contender in the Filly and Mare Sprint where she will take on Gamine and Serengeti Empress going seven furlongs. Speech won the Grade 1 Ashland at 1 1-8 miles in July.

“I think it’s the right distance for her, she obviously likes the track at Keeneland, she’s coming into the race in really good form with (trainer Michael) McCarthy,” he said. “There’s a lot of speed in there where I think she should be able to get a good stalking trip sitting off it. I’m really excited about the race.”

Aunt Pearl and Plum Ali give Kumin a strong 1-2 punch in Friday’s Juvenile Fillies Turf.

AUNT PEARL, trained by Cox, has won her first two starts including the Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland. She has a lot of speed, in a race with a lot of speed.

PLUM ALI , trained by Christophe Clement, is 3 for 3 with wins at Saratoga, Kentucky Downs and Belmont Park.

“Both those horses have done nothing wrong so far, they’ll be in different parts of the track so they’re both live,” Kumin said. “After Monomoy Girl, that race is probably our best chance to win a race that weekend.”

Watch the 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November.

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