Good Luck, Doll!

May 5, 2012: Groupie Doll in the paddock at Churchill Downs.

May 5, 2012: Groupie Doll in the paddock at Churchill Downs.

Good luck to one of my favorite mares, Groupie Doll, who is running at Keeneland on Saturday in the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes. I fell in love with her two years ago, and was so happy to see her blossom into a fantastic sprinter. She was Champion Female Sprinter last year after a campaign that saw her win five graded stakes in a row, including the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. She ended her run last year with a nose defeat to Stay Thirsty in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile against the boys.

The photos shown here are from Kentucky Derby day in May 2012, just before her track record win in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff against the previous year’s Champion Female Sprinter, Musical Romance.

After Saturday’s race at Keeneland, Groupie Doll will make her final start for trainer and co-owner Buff Bradley in defense of her title in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita in November. Here’s to Mr. Bradley and his team, who’ve kept her healthy and happy for years!

May 5, 2012: Rajiv Maragh and Groupie Doll head out of the paddock to set a new track record in the Humana Distaff.

May 5, 2012: Rajiv Maragh and Groupie Doll head out of the paddock to set a new track record in the Humana Distaff.

 

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