03/28/2015 9:59AM

Groupie Doll's first foal arrives early, under veterinary care

Barbara D. Livingston
Groupie Doll gave birth to her first foal March 5.

Champion Groupie Doll’s first foal, a Tapit colt, arrived ahead of his due date, on March 5, and remains under the care of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Ky.

Groupie Doll, a 7-year-old Bowman’s Band mare boarded at Timber Town Farm near Lexington, was due to deliver March 11. A normal equine gestational period is considered to be 345 days, with foals arriving prior to 320 days considered premature. Foals delivered early may be weak and are particularly vulnerable to illness or infection.

The colt, whose arrival was first reported by Blood-Horse, was initially too weak to stand or nurse but has made progress at the clinic and is now under the care of a nurse mare.

Groupie Doll recovered in good order from the foaling and did not display any ill effects. She will be bred back to leading sire Tapit this spring.

"[The colt] now is able to get up and down on his own and has a nurse mare, Molly," read a statement from owner Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm. "He continues to get stronger every day. He is receiving the very best medical care available along with great emotional support from the staff at Rood and Riddle, Timber Town, and Whisper Hill Farm. We are all optimistic of a great outcome resulting in a normal foal and look forward to the day when the foal can leave the clinic."

Groupie Doll won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in 2012 and 2013 to earn divisional Eclipse Awards for both seasons. The nine-time graded stakes winner retired with earnings in excess of $2.6 million.

A $3.1 million purchase by Pope at the 2013 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Groupie Doll has been boarded at Timber Town since her retirement in early 2014.