the champion female sprinter of 2012, returned to Churchill Downs on
Monday after spending about three months at Indian Ridge Farm in
Trainer Buff Bradley, who owns Groupie Doll in partnership with his father Fred as well as Carl Hurst and Brent Burns, sent the 5-year-old mare home in early February after she was not training
to his satisfaction at Gulfstream Park.
That has not been the case this time around.
“Is it a 180-degree
turnaround from Florida? Absolutely,” Buff Bradley said. “She has really
good energy and she wants to do it. I knew we were good and did not
anticipate any problems bringing her back.”
One of the reasons Bradley
was confident about his star’s return was the time spent at the farm
sharing a pasture with the 12-year-old gelding Brass Hat.
“ ‘Brass’ was training her,”
Bradley said of the previous stable star who earned more than $2.1
million in his career. “They would run for 10 minutes and Brass was so
smart, he would cut the corner on her and when
they were done, she was really blowing.”
Bradley plans to jog Groupie
Doll all this month and not begin galloping until June with plenty of
time to map out a campaign for 2013.