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Groupie Doll Returns to Track

She got a little extra rest following her first victory of 2013, but champion mare Groupie Doll returned to the track Saturday at Churchill Downs to continue her quest for a repeat in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (GI) at Santa Anita.

The reigning Eclipse Award filly and mare sprint champion, who set a track record in winning the six-furlong, $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters (GII) at Pennsylvania’s Presque Isle Downs on Monday night, jogged a mile and galloped mile with exercise rider Jada Schlenk in the saddle.

Trainer William “Buff” Bradley said Keeneland’s $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (GII) on Oct. 5 remains the next objective for Groupie Doll, who won both the Presque Isle Downs Mile and the TCA during her championship season. 

But this year’s campaign is vastly different than the January-to-late-November schedule of 2012. She made her first start of 2013 with a third-place run behind Devious Intent in the Gardenia (GIII) on Aug. 10 at Ellis Park.

“She shedrowed yesterday and went back to the track today and she was really good,” Bradley said. “She was pulling Jada pretty good today, so it was good to see her back. She was into the bit good and she was feeling good.”

Bradley – who is the co-breeder of daughter of Bowman’s Band with his father, Fred Bradley, and co-owns the champion with his father, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns – was very pleased, but not surprised, by her return to form on Monday over the Pennsylvania track’s synthetic racing surface.

“We’re definitely back on track, and I thought coming out of the Gardenia that we were on track,” he said. “So everything has worked out.”

A victory in the TCA would push the Bradley homebred past the $2 million mark in career earnings. Monday’s victory improved Groupie Doll’s racing record to 10-4-3 in 19 races and boosted her earnings to $1,908,850. 

 

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