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Monomoy Girl, 2-time Eclipse winner, retires after injury

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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo, Florent Geroux rides Monomoy Girl to win the Breeders' Cup Distaff horse race at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky. Monomoy Girl, a champion who won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Eclipse Award as a filly and mare in a stellar racing career, has been retired after sustaining an injury at Churchill Downs. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Monomoy Girl, a champion who won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Eclipse Award as a filly and mare in a stellar racing career, has been retired after sustaining an injury at Churchill Downs.

Spendthrift Farm, part of an ownership group that included My Racehorse and Madaket Stables, announced on its web site Wednesday that Monomoy Girl was injured Tuesday while training at the storied track. Trainer Brad Cox said the seven-time Grade 1 winner came back “a little off” on her right front leg following a routine gallop. X-rays revealed a non-displaced fracture of the sesamoid bone.

Monomoy Girl will not need surgery, Cox added, though the injury ends a dominant racing career featuring 14 wins and three seconds in 17 starts. Her achievements include the 2018 Kentucky Oaks as a 3-year-old and first Distaff victory on the way to winning the Eclipse Award as top filly. She earned $4,776,818 and just awaits her spot in the Hall of Fame.

“We knew as a barn we weren’t going to do anything with her if she wasn’t 100%,” Cox said Thursday in a release from Churchill Downs. “It took us awhile to get her back last year. She’s rewarded us in such a big way. She owes us nothing and will always be special to us.”

Monomoy Girl will return to Spendthrift Farm in Lexington to become a broodmare, though her breeding plans were not immediately known.

The Kentucky-bred chestnut daughter of Tapizar and Drumette by Henny Hughes finished second in her final start in April at Oaklawn Park as a 6-year-old. That ended a six-race winning going back to November 2018 at Churchill Downs, where she won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff by a length over Wow Cat.

Monomoy Girl missed the next 18 months with an injury before returning to dominate her 5-year-old season, capped last November by a 1¾-length win in the Distaff at Keeneland and second Eclipse Award as top older dirt female.

Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said the farm and its partners were disappointed but wanted to stay focused on the decorated mare’s health.

He added, “She’s an all-time great and we look forward to the next chapter of her career and giving her a great life on the farm at Spendthrift.”

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