Photo: Don August
Groupie Doll was absolutely devastating last year when capturing the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, drawing away to win by 4 ½ lengths for her 5th consecutive win.This year the story
was different, but the result was the same. In a field of 12 high class
sprinters, Groupie Doll demonstrated exactly what it takes to make a true
champion at Santa Anita in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
from post 11 Groupie Doll came out fast and sat 4th behind a
blistering pace set by Sweet Lulu with Teddy’s Promise and Judy the Beauty in
third. The opening quarter went in :22.19 with the half in :44.19. As they
rounded the far turn Teddy’s Promise took over briefly but Groupie Doll and
jockey Rajiv Maragh loomed up on the outside and quickly seized control,
leading the pack into the homestretch with a one length lead. As the champion
forged to the front Judy the Beauty was switched to the outside and began to
close with a vengeance as Dance Card came rushing from the back. With the crowd
on its feet Groupie Doll came under frantic urging by Maragh, but with each and
every stride Judy the Beauty ate into her lead. With her legacy hanging in the
balance Groupie Doll surged under the wire with just ½ a length to spare, the
undeniable best, her champion’s heart on full display.
the Beauty was gallant in defeat and loses nothing with this runner-up effort.
She defeated Groupie Doll in their last start by 1 ¾ lengths, but today was all
Groupie Doll. She’s had a rougher year than expected, finishing third in the
Gardenia Stakes (gr.3) in her 2013 debut in August, but after setting a track
record in the Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (Gr.2) everyone seemed to think
the old Groupie Doll had returned. Her seemingly easy defeat at the hands of
Judy the Beauty in the Thoroughbred Club Of America Stakes (Gr. 2) one month
later again threw that noting into doubt. When it counted most Groupie Doll showed
up. The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is her last race before being
sold this year at auction, but I think the champ made sure she went out with a
pretty resounding bang.