06/20/2012 2:06PM

Churchill Downs: Groupie Doll back in Bradley barn

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Barbara D. Livingston
Groupie Doll is being pointed to the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga on Aug. 24.

Groupie Doll, whose back-to-back wins in Grade 1 races this spring makes her the leading candidate for top filly-mare sprinter honors this year, has returned to the Churchill barn of trainer Buff Bradley after getting a short rest following her record-breaking victory in the Humana Distaff on the May 5 Kentucky Derby undercard.

“She put on a few pounds and really looks great,” Bradley said. “She got some time on the farm,” Indian Ridge in Frankfort, Ky., “and really enjoyed it, I think. She spent some time just being a horse out in the paddock with Brass Hat,” the retired gelding Bradley trained to earn more than $2.1 million.

Groupie Doll is being pointed to the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga on Aug. 24. The Ballerina is run at seven furlongs, the same distance as the Grade 1 Vinery Madison, which Groupie Doll won in April at Keeneland, and the Humana Distaff, which the 4-year-old filly captured in a track-record 1:20.44.

◗ Trainer Michelle Lovell has enjoyed a productive spring in her second year of focusing primarily on the Kentucky circuit, winning five races at Keeneland and Churchill after arriving here from Fair Grounds.

“We’ll leave some here to run at Ellis Park and take a string up to Arlington for the rest of the summer,” said Lovell, a former jockey who operates her stable with husband, Casey.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I just love Groupie Doll. What a horse! She was impressive before - rested, she's going to be formidable. Can't wait to see her in the upcoming races this year. I hope they keep her in blinkers - she stepped up her game with those on.