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.
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.
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