11/09/2011 4:12PM

Churchill: Groupie Doll will try turf in Mrs. Revere

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Groupie Doll (left) is a head short of the winner in the Raven Run at Keeneland.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Groupie Doll acquitted herself quite well on dirt in winning the Gardenia Handicap at Ellis Park and running second in the Charles Town Oaks, then again with her near-miss on Polytrack in the Raven Run at Keeneland.

Now it’s a shot at turf for Groupie Doll, the new star of the Buff Bradley stable, as the 3-year-old filly is part of a rugged group set to run Saturday in the Grade 2, $175,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes. Groupie Doll, with Greta Kuntzweiler to ride, was assigned post 3 in a field of 12 entered in the 1 1/16-mile grass fixture.

“We’re trying all venues and all surfaces,” Bradley said with a chuckle. “I know this is going to be a really tough race, but it’s our last chance with straight 3-year-olds, and she’s shown us she could really like the grass. It’s a pretty logical spot for us.”

Bradley, who sent the highly popular Brass Hat into retirement earlier this year, said he liked what he saw when Groupie Doll breezed a half-mile in a swift 47.20 seconds Tuesday morning on the Churchill turf.

“She went nice and easy and finished up strong,” he said.

Groupie Doll ran eighth on the Churchill turf in making her career debut, “but that was before she showed what she really could do,” Bradley noted.

Marketing Mix, runner-up in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in her last start, is the likely favorite in the Mrs. Revere, the ninth of 10 Saturday races and the lone stakes here this weekend. Marketing Mix, with Julien Leparoux to ride, got post 10.

From the hedge, this is the field for the 21st Mrs. Revere: Hungry Island, Bizzy Caroline, Groupie Doll, Holidaysatthefarm, Sea Level Drive, Smart Sting, Don’t Tell Sophia, Trac N Jam, New Normal, Marketing Mix, Tourmaline, and Louvakhova.