Champion Female Sprinter of 2012, took another step toward her 2013
debut and began galloping at Churchill Downs this weekend after a month
of jogging beneath the Twin Spires.
Groupie Doll was on the track
Saturday shortly after it opened for training at 6 a.m. and jogged a
mile and galloped a mile under Jada Schlenk. She had the same routine Friday.
“She’s doing very well,” said trainer Buff Bradley, who also is a co-owner and co-breeder of Groupie Doll. “She’ll gallop the whole month before she starts breezing again.”
After finishing a nose behind Stay Thirsty in the Cigar Mile, Groupie Doll was given a month off at Bradley’s Indian Ridge Farm in Frankfort, Ky. and then was shipped to Gulfstream Park.
“Her blood work was off when she got
to Gulfstream, so we gave her another couple of weeks,” Bradley said.
“Then when we took her to the track, she just wasn’t going right. She
was kinda funky. Not lame, but just not right.”
Bradley sent Groupie Doll back to his
farm in early February and she returned to Churchill Downs on the
Monday after the Kentucky Derby.
“She came back bigger and she looks
more filled out,” Bradley said. “Now that I see her here, I can see how
bad she was at Gulfstream. I can see it more now than I could then
because she’s happier and playing. She wanted the
Bradley still hasn’t picked a definite spot for Groupie Doll’s return, but has one race in mind.
“The Presque Isle (Downs Masters) is
an option and one we are seriously thinking about since we won it last
year,” Bradley said. “Things could change though and we might go a
The Presque Isle Downs Masters (GII) will be run on Sept. 9.