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Graded Stakes Winner Mr. Monomoy Retired

Palace Malice colt won Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds early this year.

Mr. Monomoy at WinStar Farm

Mr. Monomoy at WinStar Farm

Anne M. Eberhardt

Mr. Monomoy , the half brother to champion Monomoy Girl and an early contender for the 2020 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), has been retired. Liz Crow, the racing manager for Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb, and Doheny Racing Stable through BSW/Crow, said the owners are accepting stallion offers on the 3-year-old son of Palace Malice .

After placing third in the Jan. 18 Lecomte Stakes (G3) and winning the Feb. 15 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford (G2)—both at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots—the colt was second on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard before being taken off the Triple Crown trail following a minor ankle injury in early spring.

From two wins, a second, and a third in five starts, Mr. Monomoy retired with career earnings of $327,162 for trainer Brad Cox.

"He was able to win going short and then win a major Kentucky Derby prep by carrying his speed around two turns at 1 1/8 miles," said Cox. "Those are two major check marks that make a top sire, in my opinion."

Bred in Kentucky by FPF & Highfield Ranch, Mr. Monomoy was purchased by Fir Grove Farm for $60,000 as a weanling at the 2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. He was then bought for $202,230 by Mandore International Agency at the 2019 Arqana May Breeze-Up Sale.

Mr. Monomoy was produced from the winning Henny Hughes mare Drumette, also the dam of superstar Monomoy Girl, who recently was purchased by Spendthrift Farm for $9.5 million from the ELiTE consignment at The November Sale, Fasig-Tipton's premier breeding stock sale in Lexington.