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Wise Dan, Groupie Doll Return to Churchill Downs

Groupie Doll wins her second Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Photo: Don August
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, fresh off his second consecutive victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile (GI), and Groupie Doll, the Filly & Mare Sprint champion of 2012 and a repeat winner in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (GI) at Santa Anita, are back in Kentucky following their early afternoon arrival at Louisville International Airport on a flight from Southern California.

The Sutton Forwarding Company flight carried those repeat Breeders' Cup winners and had another repeat Breeders' Cup winner on board in Mizdirection, winner of the Turf Sprint (GI) for a second consecutive year for Jungle Racing LLC, the stable of sports media personality Jim Rome.

Both Groupie Doll and Mizdirection are scheduled to pass through the auction ring in the coming days. The former traveled to Churchill Downs for a final night in trainer and co-owner/breeder Buff Bradley's stable in Barn 14, while the latter traveled on to Lexington. Mizdirection is scheduled to sell as part of the Three Chimneys Farm consignment at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan boarded a van for the short trip to Lexington and trainer Charlie LoPresti's barn at Keeneland.

After spending the night at Churchill Downs, Groupie Doll will depart for Lexington on Monday for her Wednesday appearance in the Keeneland sales ring as hip #350. She was accepting visitors and peppermints at the barn, and the purple and gold floral mantle was draped over the shedrow's wall just a few steps away. Her latest Breeders' Cup triumph improved the homebred's career record to 10-4-3 in 19 races with earnings of $1,908,850.

A second California-to-Kentucky flight set to arrive Sunday at 11:30 p.m. (all times EST) will include 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (GI) winner Fort Larned, fourth to Mucho Macho Man in yesterday's 2013 Classic; horses trained by D. Wayne Lukas that include Classic runner-up Will Take Charge and Juvenile (GI) third Strong Mandate; four horses trained by Dale Romans that include 2012 Turf (GI) winner Little Mike, seventh in this year's renewal; the Mark Casse-trained My Conquestadory, third in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (GI), and Sprint (GI) runner-up Laugh Track; Pocahontas (GII) winner Untapable, eighth in the Juvenile Fillies (GI) for trainer Steve Asmussen; and the Ron Moquett-trained Gentlemen's Bet, third in the Sprint (GI).


 

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