02/03/2014 1:09PM

Gulfstream Park gives Groupie Doll's foes extra incentive

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Barbara D. Livingston
Groupie Doll is expected to make her final start in Sunday's Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – How much is having a two-time Eclipse Award champion running at your track worth these days?

Gulfstream Park management obviously believes the answer to that question is $50,000. That is the amount they will increase the purse, from $150,000 to $200,000, if two-time defending female sprint champ Groupie Doll runs, as expected, in Sunday’s Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes.

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Groupie Doll has been pointing to the Hurricane Bertie for the last several weeks. She completed a sharp series of local works breezing an easy four furlongs in 48.27 here Sunday morning, with her new owner, Mandy Pope, in attendance.

Pope purchased Groupie Doll for $3.1 million shortly after she successfully defended her title in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita. Groupie Doll finished a troubled fourth in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile to close out her 4-year-old campaign, after which Pope decided she wanted to run her one more time before sending her to the breeding shed later this season.

The purse increase may be a key selling point for the racing office, which is trying to induce suitable competition to face the champ in the Hurricane Bertie. As of Sunday, stakes coordinator Kevin Meyocks said he had only three others – Five Star Momma, Heart Stealer, and Jamaican Smoke – committed to the 6 1/2-furlong Hurricane Bertie. Five Star Momma also is entered in Thursday’s $75,000 Awesome Feather overnight stakes, as are Hurricane Bertie nominees Munnings Sister, My Due Process, Angel’s Glory, Flower Spell, Risky Rachel, My Pal Chrisy, R Free Roll, Wildcat Lily, and Who Is Camille.

Tom V More than 1 year ago
Take care of her Rajiv.
Louie Carnesco More than 1 year ago
I love groupie doll :)
Mike Hummel More than 1 year ago
I watched a good Michigan-bred break down and be euthanized because she had the heart of Secretariat but not the ability. Winner of 14 of 22 and $264,000, Schmoopy's connections entered her against G1 winners Tap to Music and Spain in the 2001 Turfway Park Breeder's Cup Stakes. All heart, she led after a 1/4, but broke a cannon bone turning on to the backstretch as Spain overtook her. All heart, Schmoopy fell repeatedly but galloped on 3 legs all the way to the 1/16 pole, unwilling to quit. Captured by an outrider there, she was euthanized on the track in front of 12,000 spectators. That's why you don't run horses over their head.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
So for the one bad finish, you are going to forget the Silver Charm/Free House match ups? OR ALydar/ Affirmed... wait... those were in front of 50k spectators.... no way anyone would wanna see match ups like those again.
Mike Hummel More than 1 year ago
So Alydar was in over his head against Affirmed and Free House was just a poor Cal-bred with no chance against the mighty Derby winner?
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Nope. They were great match ups where trainers sent the best vs the best. They didnt duck each other to end up 1-9 at some c rate race with a huge purse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alydar was hardly overmatched. His races w Affirmed were legendary and still talked about 35 years later. Free House was no slouch, Silver Charm had to really reach down to beat him on several occasions. Sunday Silence beat Easy Goer in 3 of 4, but they battled and their races are so memorable. Can you imagine? All these greats mentioned above all raced after their 3yo campaigns? That's unheard of now. Bugsy is correct, racing was different years ago. It was much better
Mike Hummel More than 1 year ago
A A has been spot on in all of his comments. I wouldn't put a good mare in against a great one. It just doesn't make good financial sense. I love to bet too, but you're not going to get 12 mares to line up against her. Maybe just let her walkover. It would be a fitting end to a truly great career.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Formal Gold vs Skip Away... 7 times in a year. Strike The Gold vs Fly so Free/peasant tap/best Pal.... trainers didn't run from anyone like they do now yeah.... nothing better for casual fans than seeing a paid workout at 1-9. That will bring the fans back to the track
TOP CAPPER1 More than 1 year ago
An extra $10,000 to run second...... Nice
Ronald Sanchez More than 1 year ago
Wild cat lily will be there on sunday and has a pretty good chance to beat groupie doll
MIKE MOBLEY More than 1 year ago
A reason to run????????????? If she is going to run once--go all the way -all year! Hope this is not a mistake!!!!
Ricky Williams More than 1 year ago
Should have raced her in the Donn. what a joke!
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
I think I have said it a million times, these 1-9 stake horses are not helping the game. I love watching fast horses compete. I wish other trainers would step up and challenge these horses. With so many other tracks offering similar purses, ducking Groupie Doll is easy and finding a decent purse elsewhere aint hard. Horse racing needs great horses like this, in memorable races and NOT these walk overs at 1-9 vs 1st and 2nd level allowance horses that will show up. If I was a trainer, believe me, you would see my horse LOOKING for races against these types. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best...... not race elsewhere and compare who beat what.
Dennis Geier More than 1 year ago
Sounds like u said it all if u were a trainer thank the good Lord u and a bunch of these other geniuses on here are not r we would have no racing at all with all the cheating ,running good horses and all the other conspiracy theories u guys come up with what a joke
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
I will let all the guys of the past that matched up at the top of the division race in and race out..... that they were wrong. I will tell the trainers of Silver Charm and Free House, that they were wrong for facing each other 8 times. I will tell the trainers of Street Sense, Curlin, Hard Spun that there were wrong for racing each other all year and not ducking each other. Thank god I am not a trainer, or memories like the years those horses raced.... would never be had. Make sure you enjoy the theortical debate of "but Wise Dan raced no one" or "but Zenyatta never left California most of her career" rather than..... so and so faced so and so and was 3 wins and 1 lost vs.
a a More than 1 year ago
You may love watching great horses run, but you wouldn't like seeing your mare get her heart jerked out of her-which happens more frequently with fillies and mare than horses and geldings-and your mare decides she doesn't want to run anymore, ran the best race of her life and got nothing. There is a free lesson on your way to a training career.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Havre de Grace vs Blind Luck = 6 times Affirmed Vs Alydar Sunday Silence Vs Easy goer. Look at your own comment.... "but you wouldn't like seeing your mare get her heart jerked out of her-which happens more frequently with fillies and mare than horses and geldings-and your mare decides she doesn't want to run anymore," But we are talking about great horses, that are running, so your argument is moot. They are running, but trainers have options and find the softest spots possible. Nowadays, you can find an allowance race that is almost as lucrative as stake races.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please... Getting her heart jerked out? Fillies & mares do reach a stage where they don't want to run anymore, but it's a genetic thing. Has nothing to do with losing a race. Groupie Doll is a prime example, she lost a heartbreaker to Stay Thirsty at Aqu at the end of 2012. She came back to be a Champion in 2013.
Walter More than 1 year ago
If you had a filly or mare in Florida who could run at all, why not enter in the race. You have a great chance at graded stakes placing which makes your horse worth a bit more.
Dennis Geier More than 1 year ago
good idea and it is a horse race anything can happen
a a More than 1 year ago
Yes it can, including running your overmatched horse into the ground.