Five-year-old Monashee, bred in Kentucky but the pride of Western Canada, bade farewell to Hastings Park Oct. 13 with a smooth victory in the $132,597 Ballerina Breeders’ Cup Handicap (Can-III) to rack up her 11th consecutive stakes win.
Owned by Canmor Farms and trained by L. Tracy McCarthy, Monashee (Wolf Power--Avide, by Wall Street Dancer) sprung from the gate in the 1 1/8-mile event at the Vancouver, British Columbia, racetrack and never had an anxious moment under jockey David Wilson, who looked like a statue in the saddle throughout. The roan mare clicked off fractions of :24.06 for the first quarter-mile, :49.13 for a half-mile, 1:14.40 for six furlongs, and 1:38.06 for a mile on the Hastings bull ring.
The final time was 1:50.64. Lady Raj was second, Slewpast third, and Selita’s Dream fourth and last. Monashee, who won by 1 1/4 lengths, paid $2.10 to win as the heavy favorite. All starters carried 123 pounds; in her last start, Monashee won the Delta Colleen Handicap under 130 pounds.
“I just had to sit with her today,” Wilson said after the race. “I’m going to be sad to see her go.”
Ole Nielsen of Canmor Farms, a Thoroughbred breeding farm in British Columbia, said Monashee would probably race at Woodbine in Ontario in November, then perhaps ship to Southern California for a few races before she is retired. Monashee has won nine stakes at Hastings Park and three at Northlands Park in Alberta, Canada; her last defeat came at the hands of Spirit to Spare in the Vancouver Sun Handicap at Hastings in May 2006.
Monashee, bred by Dr. Dede McGehee, was purchased by Nielsen for $14,000 at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale. She has won 17 of 22 career starts for earnings of $645,131.
“It’s a lot of fun having a filly like this,” said Nielsen, who thanked the Hastings patrons for their support during Monashee’s local run.