Groupie Doll arrives at Gulfstream; Macho Man, Gulfport breeze
"It was another great race. I don't regret taking her up there," Bradley said. "She showed everyone then that she's one of the greatest."
Groupie Doll's 4 1/2-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint looked easy, but it was achieved on a track that favored speed, which presented a challenge for the late-running filly.
"You could see early on in the Breeders' Cup that she struggled a little bit because we knew we had to use her a little bit to have her stay up close and not let them get too far away," Bradley said. "Rajiv and I talked about it. I don't like to take a horse out of their running style, but we knew we were going to have to encourage her a little more earlier in the race."
Groupie Doll was bred by Bradley and his 81-year-old father, Fred, who is currently dealing with physical issues.
"I went home for four days for Christmas and had to put him in the hospital with congestive heart failure. They're draining the fluid; they're giving him Lasix actually to drain the fluid," Bradley said. "He should be doing better. It was tough to leave, but I had Groupie Doll coming in today.
Also at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Mucho Macho Man and Derby hopefuls Gulfport and Frac Daddy were notable on the worktab.
The son of Unbridled's Song, who is scheduled to run in the Grade 2 Jerome at Aqueduct, was credited with a six-furlong work in 1:12 2/5 under jockey Corey Lanerie. Gulfport actually blasted five furlongs in :58 2/5 before galloping out faster than a trio of six-furlong workers.
"He continues to improve," Romans said of the colt who won his final two starts of the 2012 campaign at Churchill Downs. "He's a very classy horse with a class pedigree. He has the looks and the natural talent, and he's just gotten better.
"Today's work is about as good as it gets."
Romans' Dewey Square, a prominent candidate for the Grade 3 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park on January 26, galloped instead of working Saturday morning.
The Ken McPeek-trained Frac Daddy, a near-miss runner-up in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club, breezed an easy half-mile in :49 3/5. Goals for the son of Scat Daddy include the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on February 23 and the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 30.
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