Getting up early hasn’t been a problem for trainer Brad Cox since filly Monomoy Girl arrived in his barn last year, and the alarm clock won’t be a problem in the coming weeks as he prepares her for a start in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.

Monomoy Girl delivered an “all systems go” performance in the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) April 7 at Keeneland, cruising through :24-second fractions early before opening up in the turn without much urging from Florent Geroux on her way to a 5 1/2-length romp.

Cox, who grew up near Churchill Downs, said the coming weeks will be special.

“I’ve been doing this on my own I guess 12 or 13 years, and she’s a special filly. We kind of figured that out last fall,” Cox said. We thought she obviously could get us our first grade 1, and it’s worked out really well. She makes it easier to get up in the morning, there’s no doubt about that.”

Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group, and Bethlehem Stables’ Monomoy Girl picked up her fifth win in six starts and secured the first top-level score for her trainer and her…