last year’s champion female sprinter, appeared on the worktab for the
first time this year and breezed a bullet three furlongs in :35.80 on
the fast main
track at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning.
Working under John McKee, Groupie Doll went the first eighth of a mile in :11.60, ran a quarter-mile in :23.60 and galloped out in :49.40.
“It was a good morning to see her back and to tell the partners that everything went well,” said trainer Buff Bradley, who co-bred and co-owns Groupie Doll. “She came back good and cooled out good. She’ll tell you when
she wants to do something and she was ready.”
Groupie Doll, a 5-year-old chestnut
mare by Bowman’s Band, won three Grade I races in 2012, including the
Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (GI). In her last start of the year,
she finished second by a nose to Stay Thirsty
in the Cigar Mile Handicap (GI).
She was given a month off after the
Cigar Mile and then was sent to Bradley’s barn at Gulfstream Park.
Unhappy with the way Groupie Doll was training, Bradley sent her back to
his Indian Ridge Farm in Frankfort, Ky.
for more R & R. She returned to Churchill Downs in May.
“The big thing today was that she was
willing to do it,” Bradley said. “She was very willing to do it and she
wasn’t at Gulfstream. Sometimes you don’t know with these fillies.
They’re a little temperamental and they might
not come back as good as you had hoped, but she seemed like her old self
Groupie Doll’s three-eighths time of :35.80 was the fastest of 24 at the distance Saturday.
“She has a high-cruising speed and is fast with her stride without really trying,” Bradley said.
Bradley added that Groupie Doll could
make her next start in the $500,000 Ballerina (GI) at Saratoga on Aug.
23 or the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters (GII) on Sept. 9. Groupie
Doll won the Masters by 3 ¾ lengths last
“We’ll keep breezing her and we’ll
probably breeze her every Saturday,” Bradley said. “I know it’ll take
about four more works to get her where we need to be and then we’ll
start making a plan.”
Bradley owns Groupie Doll with his father, Fred, and Carl Hurst and Brent Burns. She has a record of 9-4-2 from 17 starts with earnings of $1,657,850.