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2023 Monomoy Girl Stakes Preview & FREE Picks | Wet Paint Looks To Rebound From Kentucky Oaks At Ellis Park
Wet Paint (Tommy Land/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM)

2023 Monomoy Girl Stakes Preview & FREE Picks | Wet Paint Looks To Rebound From Kentucky Oaks At Ellis Park

Dr. Miranda previews the 2023 Monomoy Girl Stakes from Ellis Park, then gives her top picks & long shots. The Brad Cox-trained Wet Paint looks to rebound from her 4th-place defeat as the favorite in the 2023 Kentucky Oaks (G1), but could she be upset for the 2nd straight race? Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The press release:

Godolphin’s multiple graded stakes winner Wet Paint is set for her return to the track following her fourth-place finish as the favorite in last month’s Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) when she faces fan favorite Hoosier Philly in Saturday’s second running of the $175,000 Monomoy Girl Overnight Stakes at Ellis Park Racing & Gaming.

A compact field of six 3-year-old fillies entered the one-mile Monomoy Girl Overnight Stakes which will have a post time of 4:11 p.m. (all times Central) as Race 8. First post for the 10-race program is 12:50 p.m. and will also feature the inaugural running of the Chorleywood Overnight Stakes in Race 9.

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Wet Paint is the most accomplished filly that entered the Monomoy Girl Overnight Stakes having won four of seven lifetime starts. Her resume includes victories in the Honeybee Stakes (GIII), Fantasy Stakes (GIII) and Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn. Trained by Brad Cox, who also conditioned the race’s namesake Monomoy Girl, Wet Paint rallied from seven lengths off the early pace on the Kentucky Oaks but finished three lengths behind Pretty Mischievous. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione was named to ride Wet Paint for the first time and the duo will break from the rail.

Gold Standard Racing Stable’s Hoosier Philly is expected to have several of her Hoosier State connections making the short drive across the river to Henderson, Ky. for the Monomoy Girl. Trained by Tom Amoss, Hoosier Philly burst into stardom as a 2-year-old when she impressively won the $400,000 Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs. The gray daughter of Into Mischief returned to Fair Grounds in February but only managed a third and fourth place finish, respectively, in the Rachel Alexandra (GII) and Fair Grounds Oaks (GII). When she didn’t qualify for the Kentucky Oaks, Amoss sent Hoosier Philly to Pimlico where she ran a game second behind Taxed in the Black Eyed Susan (GII). Regular rider Edgar Morales will be back in the saddle and break from post No. 4.

Here is the complete field for the Monomoy Girl Overnight Stakes from the rail out (with jockey and trainer):

  1. Wet Paint (Gaffalione, Cox)
  2. Flamand (James Graham, Elias Lopez)
  3. Never Tell Patti (Rafael Bejarano, Eric Reed)
  4. Hoosier Philly (Morales, Amoss)
  5. Champagne Calling (Julien Leparoux, Ian Wilkes)
  6. Sabra Tuff (Rey Gutierrez, Dallas Stewart)