Groupie Doll confirmed for Cigar Mile; Holidayfest runners
|Groupie Doll is seeking another visit to the winner's circle, this time at Aqueduct
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Trainer William "Buff" Bradley confirmed Sunday that multiple Grade 1-winning
filly Groupie Doll will make her next start against boys in Saturday's Grade 1,
$350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct. She was assigned to carry 118 pounds
in the race.
Exiting a 4 1/2-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on
November 2 at Santa Anita Park, Groupie Doll rides a five-race winning streak
into the Cigar Mile including additional Grade 1 victories in Keeneland's
Madison and Churchill Downs' Humana Distaff this spring. In her only previous
start against males, the Bowman's Band filly was beaten just three-quarters of a
length by Boys at Tosconova in a January 27 optional claiming race at Gulfstream
"I wasn't looking for another race for her; I wasn't looking for a race
against boys," Bradley said by phone from Kentucky. "I thought that trip (to and
from California) might knock her back a little, but they had the parade of
Breeders' Cup champions here at Churchill last weekend and she was just feeling
so good. We took her to the track to train her just to let her down a little. I
never even thought about the Cigar Mile until that weekend."
Groupie Doll worked a half-mile at Churchill on Saturday, covering the
distance in :48 1/5.
"She came back good and ate up last night," Bradley said. "Since the layoff
over the summer she's only had three starts and she's won all three of them
impressively. She'll get a vacation after this regardless, but she's got
something left. We want to run her when she's ready to run, and she's ready
right now. The one-turn mile is good for her and I feel she can be competitive
in a race like this."
Bradley, who bred and co-owns Groupie Doll with his father, Fred, said the
four-year-old miss would van to Aqueduct on Thanksgiving Day.
|Stay Thirsty (inside) is scheduled to wrap up his racing career in the Cigar Mile
(Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
A number of contenders for Saturday's Holidayfest stakes at Aqueduct turned
in their final works Sunday morning at Belmont Park, with trainer Todd Pletcher
sending out more than a half-dozen workers.
Among that group was Cigar Mile Handicap candidate Stay Thirsty, who went a
half-mile in :48 4/5 in company with Grade 2 Remsen nominee Revolutionary, who
got the same time, over the fast training track.
Also breezing in preparation for the Remsen from Pletcher's barn were
Violence, who got four furlongs in :48; Delhomme, who posted five-eighths in
1:01; and Micromanage, who turned five panels in 1:01. Pletcher's Grade 2 Demoiselle
hopeful Unlimited Budget breezed a half-mile in :48, also over the training
On Belmont's fast main track, 2010 Cigar Mile winner Jersey Town signaled his
readiness for Saturday's race with a five-furlong breeze in :59 2/5. Fellow
Cigar Mile candidates Buffum, who toured five-eighths in 1:02, and Hymn Book, a
half-mile mover in :49 3/5, also worked on the main track.
In other works, Book Review tuned up for the Grade 1 Gazelle with a half-mile
breeze on the training track in :48 2/5 while Emollient went the same distance
in the same time on the same surface in preparation for the Demoiselle.
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