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2012 BC F&M Sprint: Groupie Doll Storms to Victory

In what was one of Saturday’s more visually impressive performances, Groupie Doll, ridden by Rajiv Maragh, made the rest of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint field look like they were standing still turning for home.
 
 
Content to stalk the early pace set by Teddy’s Promise and Dust and Diamonds, Groupie Doll then began picking off rivals entering the final turn. As the field kicked clear of the turn and entered the stretch, Groupie Doll gained command of the lead and it was not matter of who would win but by how much she would win by. The Bowman’s Band filly drew off to win by 4 ½ lengths to beat a game Dust and Diamonds. Switch, who had finished second in this race for the last two years, managed to get up for the show.
 
 
Not only was the William Bradley owned and trained filly’s performance visually impressive, it was also impressive in terms of time. Her final time of 1.20:72 was just a little more than a second slower than the track record set by Twirling Candy (1.19:70) on December 26, 2010. It was also the second fastest time for the F&M Sprint at the 7 furlong distance since the race was inaugurated in 2007. 
 
 
Yesterday’s win verified Groupie Doll’s dominance over the Female Sprint division. In eight starts this year, her records is 5-1-2, with all five of her wins coming consecutively and in Grade 1 or 2 races. She has beaten everyone from Musical Romance to Switch to Emma’s Encore, along with several other graded stakes winners. Her five wins came at four different tracks and at three different distances. Clearly she is the best of division.
 
 
Her losses cannot be counted against her. She finished second to Boys At Tosconova at a mile against male rivals, third behind Awesome Maria and Royal Delta going a mile and a sixteenth, and third behind defending Female Sprint champion Musical Romance at 7 furlongs. What do all 3 of those losses have in common? They all occurred at Gulfstream Park where she is 1 for 4.
 
 
With the year winding down, Groupie Doll is the obvious choice for the Eclipse Award for Champion Female Sprinter. What I am about to say next, though, will likely earn me a virtual stoning. I also believe that Groupie Doll should be considered for Champion Older Female AND Horse of the Year. Now, before yall start throwing virtual stones at me, hear me out. Groupie Doll is one of only a handful of horses to notch three Grade 1 wins this year; others that achieved that feat include Little Mike, Point of Entry, Wise Dan, and I’ll Have Another. She has beaten the best her division had to offer and finished a respectable third behind two great mares at a distance she did not like. Because she is a sprinter, she is not likely to win either of those other two categories, but that does not mean that she should not be considered for them. After the stellar year she has had, she deserves the accolades. 

 

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It was a great performance, especially when you factor in being stuck wide throughout her trip & from coming off the pace, which was tough to do over the weekend.
I don't know, Karen. I think HOTY is still up for grabs at this point with several candidates making a good case for why they should get the top honors. It just all depends on how the voters decide to choose. Remember Zenyatta? The year she won the Classic she didn't get HOTY, but the year she lost the Classic by a nose, she received top honors. These things don't always make sense.
Yep, yep, yep. That's what I'm thinking too, but she is not going to get Horse of the Year because it's time for a colt to receive the honors. That would be Wise Dan, all the way. Too bad "doll" face.
Florida Filly Ashley, I didn't know that Groupie Doll blew that fine field away by that much of a margin until just now. My daughter's phone is not what I call user-friendly for internet access. I mostly saw Groupie Doll'd glorious be-hind powering away down the stretch. I would say most had her to win and as their single in p3's &4's. Surest bet of the BC to many. I will not throw stones for you saying that Groupie Dill should be in consideration for top older female. I agree, and you know that my love is the one I want to take that Eclipse. Now, on to her threads. Your blog was my first stop.
She was my only single yesterday! Looked great on paper and even greater on the track
What's even more awesome is that we will see her next year!
She is Aweeeeesome!
I agree! she should be on the board.
Stellar is the correct word to describe Groupie Doll. Let me add powerful and dazzling!

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation blogging as The Florida Filly. Using that moniker, she mainly covered racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. A move north to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the new From Coast to Coast blog for HRN, which is simply a revamped version of The Florida Filly. Don't let the new look and name change fool you, though. Ashley still brings to the table the same great coverage as From Coast to Coast as she did for The Florida Filly. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

 

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.