By Nicholas Godfrey
USA: Superstar racemare Monomoy Girl is to stay in training as a six-year-old after her sale for $9.5 million on Sunday night in Keeneland.
On the other hand, Saudi Cup winner Maximum Security and Improbable have been retired to stud and there is no decision on the future of their Breeders’ Cup Classic-winning stablemate Authentic.
Monomoy Girl was knocked down for $9.5m to B Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm, in whose colours Authentic won the Classic, at Fasig-Tipton’s ‘Night of the Stars’ sale in Keeneland.
But although the vast majority of horses going through the ring were destined for the paddocks, Monomoy Girl’s new connections said she would be returning to trainer Brad Cox to stay in training at six.
“She’s a superstar, she’s an all-timer,” Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said, speaking to the Daily Racing Form.
“She’ll go back to Brad Cox, and that’s the plan right now – we’ll let her decide, but as long as everything stays the same.
“She appears to be very sound, the vet checked her out, everything looks good. She’ll go back in training another year, and then we’ve got a stallion or two that might suit.”
Among others to be sold at Sunday’s elite sale was Rushing Fall, purchased by Coolmore for $5.5m after coming second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Uni went to Peter Brant for $4.1m, while owner Chuck Allen bought out his partners in champion racemare Midnight Bisou for $5m.
In other post-Breeders’ Cup news, Spendthrift have yet to announce plans for Classic winner Authentic but his Bob Baffert-trained stablemate Improbable, who was second, has been retired to WinStar, while the controversial Maximum Security has also run his last race and joins Coolmore’s US stallion band at Ashford Stud.
“I was proud of the way they ran,” said Baffert. “They were training well. Down deep I knew I was going to win it with one of them.
“I wasn’t sure which, when you come in loaded like that. It would have been nice to run 1-2-3 and it would have been horrible not to win with the three. I was thinking about that all the time.”
“That Authentic is serious,” Baffert added. “He’s a great horse. That was a great field – and he just ran away from that field. Improbable is a really good horse. Turning for home, I thought that Improbable was going to kick in there and that Authentic caught another gear and he was gone.”
• Visit the Spendthrift website