08/05/2013 9:59AM

Ellis Park: Groupie Doll draws post 2 for Gardenia Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Groupie Doll will make her first start of 2013 in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Gardenia Stakes at Ellis Park.

Groupie Doll was assigned post 2 in a field of 12 fillies and mares set to race Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Gardenia Stakes at Ellis Park in western Kentucky.

Groupie Doll, the 2012 female sprint champion, will be making her first start since being beaten a nose in the Cigar Mile in late November after winning her five prior starts by substantial margins. Rajiv Maragh, who has ridden her in her last seven starts, will be in from New York to ride once again.

The Gardenia, the annual showcase of the two-month summer meet at Ellis, is run at one mile out of a clubhouse-turn chute.

Among the competition for Groupie Doll are Awesome Flower (post 1, Victor Lebron), Ice Cream Silence (post 3, Brian Hernandez Jr.), Dixie Strike (post 4, Miguel Mena), and Twice the Lady (post 10, Ricardo Santana Jr.).

Post time for the Gardenia, the eighth of nine Saturday races, is 4:10 p.m. Central.

Ian GW More than 1 year ago
I assume she's in it to win it with Maragh coming in and not a prep. Asmusen horse will be in top 3.
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
why wouldn't Rajiv come in and ride? its the best horse he has ever been on...you really thought he wasn't going to get back on her..she is his cash money
J.L. Boey More than 1 year ago
They are Caleb's Posse and Music Note.
bruce More than 1 year ago
Watch out for Awesome Flower this filly has run huge since Maker got her.
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
not against this type of comp
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
You mean not against Groupie Doll. Awesome Flowers stacks up just fine against the rest of this field.
Will More than 1 year ago
why can't she be on the improve? we are assuming this isn't a prep, aren't we? maragh loses the ride if he doesn't show up so of course he's coming in. btw, caleb's posse is the best horse he's ever been on! 0 for 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good race to play. Ellis Park, the true graveyard of favorites!
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Along with Saratoga and the King of the graveyard Del Mar.
carol More than 1 year ago
She's back..
Randy Atkins More than 1 year ago
can't bet that one...Groupie Doll will be 2/5 and everyone will be wheeling her on top in exactas......next race
Steve Lashomb More than 1 year ago
Can't bet? First start off lay off...only a 100,000 graded race...like you couldn't bet against Kaui Katie in Saratoga, off at 1:5 and finished Dead Last. I like Awesome Flower with Groupie Doll coming 3rd...maybe.
Will More than 1 year ago
I agree, this is a great race to bet if you know how to handicap