Groupie Doll Has an Eye on the Cigar Mile

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Grade I) winner Groupie Doll was scheduled to go to trainer Buff Bradley’s farm in Frankfort, Ky. earlier this week, but plans changed and the 4-year-old filly remained at Churchill Downs to prepare for a possible start in the Cigar Mile (GI) at Aqueduct on Nov. 24.


“She’s so good right now,” Bradley said. “It wouldn’t be an easy race, but with as good as she is right now, we’re thinking about it.”


Groupie Doll originally was scheduled to leave for the farm just days after returning to Louisville following her Breeders’ Cup triumph, but Bradley kept her at Churchill Downs to participate in the Breeders’ Cup Parade of Champions, which was held at the Louisville track Nov. 11.


“When we took her over for the parade she was dragging them around,” Bradley said.


Bradley, who co-owns the filly with his father, Fred, and Carl Hurst and Brent Burns, said Groupie Doll’s assigned weight will be the deciding factor on whether to run in the Cigar.


“We’ll check the weights and see,” Bradley said. “I want to make sure the weights are fair and, if they look all right, we’ll probably go.”


Weights for the Cigar are scheduled to be announced Nov. 18.


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Today no horse is asked to carry weight, the top weight will probably be 122 pounds or so. I wonder what they consider a fair weight. After seeing her at Santa Anita, I think she could beat most colts at even weight at 6-7 furlongs, maybe a mile. But I don't think she has a chance to be either Horse of the Year or Older Female even with a win. Wise Dan will be Horse of the Year and Royal Delta will be champion older filly.
sorry..WD, RD, GD..
I wouldn't argue for her being nominated, she has kept the strut up. Wise Dan will and should. WD, RD, RD...all deserve to be the choices
Go for it, Groupie Doll! Right now there's no 7-8 furlong horse better than her, male or female.
she should run there and she cant HOY Wise dan got that rapt up
If she does, BTW.
It depends in the style she wins it
If she could win the Cigar Mile against males I would consider her a candidate for HOY.
Anything less than 10% is disrespectful. Greedy to take from those who risk their life for the offenders
grittiest run of the day, smallish critter too.
years ago when this was the NYRA Mile, the jocks all went out of strike. Breeder's did not want to pay top riders their customary 10% so no names rode good ones like Forty Niner
Groupie Doll impressed me as much if not more than any that ran that day. BC
Yes, Professor Higgins.
Okay lets start by signing you up with Word a Day from they will enligten your vocabulary daily with words like YOUR word of the day.....
No, I have a functioning vocabulary, I just prefer slang and profanity, but got ya, tv. I'll work on that.
I hate the word issue and other than reference to a magazine, I have struck that over used ridiculous word from my vocabulary....My favorite word is petrichor, favorite by a country mile. Using issue from everything is simple mental laziness or lack of a functioning vocabulary.
If she hadn't had the time off for the hock (fill in the blank, tv: issue, problem, veterinary word I'd have to look up) then I'd say she should rest, maybe until an early 2013 race at Gulfstream. However, this proposal to race her in the open company grade 1 Cigar Mile is taking dead aim at HOTY, since Groupie Doll is the assured female sprint Eclipse winner(and she was even before her BC win, imo) and she is also a top older female contender, so very understandable with another top HOTY contender being mainly a miler and now a turf miler, that this chance for the very top prize would be taken. GL to Groupie Doll if she runs in the Cigar. I do agree with Ashley that shorter distances of 6 1/2 or 7f might be more to Groupie Doll's liking. If she just rests instead, then job excellently done in 2012, and what an add for those blinkers.
Great news. She finished second against males in her first start this year, her only loss in three career one-mile races. She's a much, much better filly now with the ability to come from well off the pace or settle in just off it. I think she is the best sprinter of either sex in N/A and should be just as good at a mile.

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