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Groupie Doll Targets Humana Distaff

There was no stopping at the farm for Groupie Doll after her victory Thursday afternoon in the Vinery Madison (G1).

 

“Usually they get to go to the farm after winning a Grade 1, but she was on the shuttle and came back to Churchill Downs,” said trainer and part owner Buff Bradley, who would take former stable star Brass Hat back to the family farm in Frankfort after races during his lucrative career.

 

Bradley, who bred Groupie Doll along with his father, Fred, said the filly came out of the race in good order.

 

“She ate up well last night and came back fine,” Bradley said. “The plan is the ($300,000) Humana Distaff (G1 on May 5 at seven furlongs) and then give her some time off and plan for the rest of the year.”

 

The Humana Distaff will mark the rubber match this year between Groupie Doll and beaten Vinery Madison favorite Musical Romance, who finished fourth Thursday.

 

“She came out of the race perfect and she will go to Churchill Downs tomorrow,” said Freddy Guzman, assistant to trainer and co-owner Bill Kaplan. “She fought the rider the whole way around and had no kick at the end.”

 

Musical Romance, the champion female sprinter of 2011 and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) last fall at Churchill Downs, had beaten Groupie Doll in their first meeting in the Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream Park in March.

 

Trainer John Sadler said that Home Sweet Aspen, who set the early pace before fading to last in the eight-horse field, displaced her soft palate and will return to California.

 

 

 

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This is gonna be the rubbber match between Groupie Doll and Musical Romance. Look for the horse that wins this one to take most of the momentum and all of the glory into the rest of the year.

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