Reigning Female Sprint Champion Groupie Doll
breezed a half-mile this morning in preparation for her second start
against males in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap on November 30 at
Photo: Don August
exercise rider Jada Schlenk aboard, the 5-year-old mare went out onto
Belmont Park's training track shortly after the renovation break at 7:45
a.m. As a light rain fell, Groupie Doll sailed through a half-mile in
48.61, her first timed workout since scoring her second straight victory
in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
The move was the 15th-fastest of 79 at the distance.
breezed really well," said trainer William "Buff" Bradley of Groupie
Doll, who will be making her first start for new owner Mandy Pope. "She
went the first eighth in :12 2/5, finished up really well and galloped
out strong, too, in 1:01 3/5. Jada said 'perfect' which is pretty good
for me. She wasn't even breathing hard when she got back."
Doll, second by a nose to Stay Thirsty in last year's Cigar Mile, will
be competing for a $1 million gross purse in the Cigar Mile by virtue of
a special purse incentive provided by The New York Racing Association,
Inc. for past Breeders' Cup winners.
"She'll most likely breeze another half-mile next Sunday, and that will be it," said Bradley.