10/29/2012 5:13PM

Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Groupie Doll looking like strong favorite

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Barbara D. Livingston
Groupie Doll works three furlongs in 34.40 seconds Monday at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Groupie Doll is beginning to look like one of the most reliable favorites of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup.

The favorite for the $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint shipped from Kentucky without incident, galloped comfortably over the Santa Anita main track Sunday, and drew a favorable post (9 of 10) for the seven-furlong BC race that will be run Saturday.

But it was Monday at 8 a.m. when Groupie Doll confirmed herself as rock solid for her first start at Santa Anita in the Breeders’ Cup.
While exercise rider Jada Schlenk sat still, Groupie Doll posted an effortless three-furlong workout that, visually, looked like it would be timed between 35 and 36 seconds.

Groupie Doll, however, is deceptive. She actually sizzled three furlongs in 34.40. It was the co-fastest of the day.

“She doesn’t feel like she goes that fast,” Schlenk said. “She does it so easy. I just sat on her. She did it all on her own.”

Assistant trainers Maria Kabel and Matt Herbert were on hand for the work, while trainer William “Buff” Bradley communicated via telephone from Kentucky. All were happy after the work. But was it too fast?

“She does that all the time,” Kabel said.

Groupie Doll has 36 recorded workouts in her career; 18 were the fastest of the morning at tracks including Santa Anita, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park, and Keeneland.

Groupie Doll has won four straight and enters with a career record of eight wins from 15 starts and earnings of $1,047,850. Rajiv Maragh will ride.

Three other F&M Sprint entrants posted half-mile works Monday.

Dust and Diamonds (49.40, breezing) and Rumor (46.80 handily) worked at Santa Anita; Teddy’s Promise (48.80 handily) worked at Betfair Hollywood Park.

A field of 10 entered the F&M Sprint, which is race 5 on Saturday.

Notably absent from the field is Grade 1 Test winner Contested. She recently missed a week of training with a virus, and her Sunday workout was subpar.

The F&M Sprint is race 5 on Saturday, the final leg of the pick five, which has a 14 percent takeout rate. Groupie Doll might be a single.

The field, from the rail out: Teddy’s Promise, Belle of the Hall, Dust and Diamonds, Strike the Moon, Rumor, Turbulent Descent, Great Hot, Musical Romance, Groupie Doll, and Switch.