Groupie Doll to undergo veterinary exam; Macho Man fine
Groupie Doll returned to training at Gulfstream Park last week, but her trainer isn't happy with how the newly-crowned female sprinter has been going through her morning exercise.
"I'm not real happy with her right now. We just started back with her, but she's just not comfortable on the track," Bradley said Monday morning.
"I haven't told anyone about it yet, except the vet. He's supposed to come later."
After shipping to Gulfstream on December 29, Groupie Doll missed several days of training on the racetrack due to unsatisfactory blood work. Bradley said the five-year-old daughter of Bowman's Band is happy and feeling fine.
"The blood's good. That's not the problem," he said. "On the track, she just doesn't seem the same. I don't know what it is. We haven't seen anything. It'll take me a couple days to check her out and find out what's going on with her."
Groupie Doll is scheduled to walk the next couple of days while Bradley and the vet try to figure out what's ailing her.
"The smaller the problem, the harder it is to find," Bradley said.
Groupie Doll racked up her fifth straight victory in the November 3 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Her streak was halted last time out in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap on November 24 at Aqueduct, where she was just denied by Stay Thirsty. She was the runaway choice for champion female sprinter, taking the Eclipse Award with 250 first-place votes against only two others in single-digits.
The news was more upbeat about multiple Grade 2 winner Mucho Macho Man, who was eased across the finish line in his title defense in last Saturday's Florida Sunshine Millions Classic.
The Kathy Ritvo charge is none the worse for the debacle, and he returned to a regular training schedule Monday morning at Gulfstream.
"He went out this morning," Ritvo said. "He's feeling great."
After checking out Reeves Thoroughbred Racing's stable star following his surprising flop as the 2-5 favorite, Ritvo came to the conclusion that the sloppy track was the reason for Mucho Macho Man's uncharacteristic performance. In his only other start on a sloppy track, Mucho Macho Man finished a troubled seventh in the 2011 Belmont Stakes.
"I thought it was the bumping coming out of the gate (in the Belmont), but I guess it might have been the track," Ritvo said.
Between the two sloppy track disappointments, the son of Macho Uno ran in seven stakes on fast tracks, winning four, finishing second twice and third once.
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