Monomoy Girl, crowned champion 3-year-old filly of 2018 after winning the Longines Kentucky Oaks and Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff among other races that year, is in light training at Paul Sharp Stables in Williston, Fla., while Uni, fresh off winning the Nov. 2 TVG Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita Park, is receiving time away before resuming racing in the spring. Monomoy Girl was unraced in 2019, after being sidelined in the spring by colic and then by a pulled hamstring in the fall.
Visiting Monomoy Girl at Sharp's farm, Crow posted a video to her Twitter account of the 4-year-old Tapizar filly frolicking in the Florida sunshine. She can be seen rolling in the sand before dashing off and bucking.
"She's happy. She's sound," Crow said. "She's giving us every indication she is ready to go back to full training."
Monomoy Girl, who last worked Sept. 7 at Churchill Downs, is tack-walking and jogging. She will gradually pick up her training before rejoining trainer Brad Cox at Fair Grounds in the middle to end of January. There are no plans to breed her in 2020 unless she has another setback, Crow said.
A winner of nine of 11 races and over $2.9 million, Monomoy Girl is owned by the partnership of Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group, and Bethlehem Stables.
Uni shares similar ownership, racing for Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta, and Bethlehem Stables. Prominent horse owner Sol Kumin is a principal in both Head of Plains Partners and Monomoy Stables.
English-bred Uni began her racing career in France before coming to the U.S. in 2017. Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International Agency advised on the overseas purchase of Uni, Crow said, as he has done on other prominent foreign acquisitions for BSW Bloodstock.
"She's a very sound filly and she loves to run," Crow said. "She's getting a little downtime right now for nothing in particular, just needing a little rest after a hard year, and she'll come back next year with (trainer) Chad Brown and aim for the same types of races."
A diminutive 5-year-old daughter of More Than Ready, Uni won three of four starts in 2019, capped by victories in the First Lady Stakes Presented by UK HealthCare at Keeneland in October and the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Before those races, Crow and the owners may have more reasons to celebrate at the Eclipse Awards Jan 23 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. Uni is a leading candidate for champion female turf horse, along with Sistercharlie and Got Stormy. Additionally, British Idiom and Midnight Bisou – other fillies with ties to BSW Bloodstock and their clients – are probable winners in the 2-year-old filly and older dirt female categories, respectively.
British Idiom and Midnight Bisou are set to race next year. The Feb. 15 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds is mentioned by Cox and Crow as a likely target for British Idiom. The $20 million Saudi Cup against males Feb. 29 in Saudi Arabia is the early goal for Midnight Bisou, according to Jeff Bloom, managing director of Bloom Racing and one of the filly's owners.
"Hopefully, we're going to have a fun year with all these fillies coming back," Crow said.