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Trainer and part-owner Buff Bradley said champion Groupie Doll returned
to Churchill Downs after finishing third in Saturday’s Thoroughbred
Club of America (G2) and remains on track to defend her title in the
seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).
“She’s tired, but she had to run the whole way yesterday,” Bradley said of Groupie Doll, who finished 1¾ lengths behind Judy the Beauty.
“That was not her typical race yesterday. Usually she is just getting
started the first quarter of a mile, but yesterday she was in against a
couple of Polytrack professionals (in Judy the Beauty and Gypsy Robin).
“I was more concerned about yesterday’s race than the Breeders’ Cup,”
he added. “Six furlongs is not her best distance and I think she is
better on dirt. She shows brilliance on the dirt and on the Polytrack,
she has run some good races and won a Grade 1 and a Grade 2 there.”
Bradley has scheduled one work for Groupie Doll on Saturday, Oct. 19 and plans to ship her to Santa Anita on Tuesday, Oct. 22.