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Groupie Doll Breezes for Cigar Mile

Groupie Doll wins her second Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Photo: Don August
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 Aqueduct Racetrack.


With 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.


"She 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."


Groupie 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.




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