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Gulfstream Park: A listless Groupie Doll will get extended vacation
By Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Groupie Doll, an almost unanimous choice as female sprint champion in 2012, will return to Buff Bradley’s farm in Kentucky for some additional rest after not training to her trainer’s satisfaction since her arrival at Gulfstream Park just before the start of the New Year.
Groupie Doll won five straight graded stakes, culminating with her easy victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint before concluding her championship campaign missing by a nose to Stay Thirsty after a thrilling stretch run in Aqueduct’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile. Bradley gave Groupie Doll a break on the farm after the Cigar Mile before shipping her to south Florida on the final weekend of 2012. She spiked a mild temperature shortly after her arrival, recovered quickly, but was just not herself, according to Bradley, once finally able to resume training last week.
“She just wasn’t as willing on the racetrack as we’d hoped,” Bradley said by phone from Tampa Bay Downs, where he ran two horses Wednesday. “She feels good around the barn, but I can tell she’s not as happy as she was before. She’s just not wanting to do it right now for whatever reason. She’s never shown anything like this, which is what concerns me a bit. I talked to my dad and our other two partners, and we were all in agreement to give her some more time on the farm.”
Bradley said there is no thought, at this time, of pulling the plug on Groupie Doll’s career and sending her to the breeding shed this season.
“Not one of the four of us want to stop on her for good,” Bradley said. “We’re not even thinking about breeding. It’s not an option unless something else was to turn up. Our main goal is to race her, have her out there for the public, as long as she won’t be jeopardized in any way.”
Bradley said he is hopeful he can have Groupie Doll back for a late summer and fall campaign, culminating with a defense of her title in the Breeders’ Cup.
“We’ll miss the Inside Information here and the first two races from her streak last year, which is disappointing,” Bradley said referring to Groupie Doll’s Grade 1 victories in the Madison and Humana Distaff. “But I feel good about our chances of having her back for those last three races she won a year ago, including the Breeders’ Cup.”
Bradley said winning the Eclipse Award last Saturday has helped take some of the sting out of having to stop on Groupie Doll for the time being.
“The timing of the award was good,” Bradley said. “None of our partners are down a bit. We’ll just send her back to the farm, and I’ll leave it up to my wife Kim and Brass Hat to get her right again.”
Bradley said Groupie Doll will remain here with him at Gulfstream for the time being.
“I haven’t even arranged for a van yet,” Bradley said. “I want to wait for the weather to break up there a little before we send her back.”
All the best to Groupie Doll and her connections. You were absolutely magnificent at the Breeder's Cup. Have a great vacation and hope to see you again very soon.
All this mention of Ta Wee makes me happy, because she was a all time great. Sorry but Groupie Doll is not is the same league. A little known fact is that in 1970 Ta Wee carried the highest average weight per start as any horse in history of US racing. No Groupie Doll could not have beat her at 7 furlongs either, go look up who Ta Wee was beating at 7 furlongs, the 69 Vosburgh in particular.
Just an aside...On the Gulfstream site in 'News and Barn Notes' there is a grrreat story about Jerkens and his early years there.
She (Groupie Doll) left everything on the track in the Cigar Mile. After the race, I immediately began thinking of Rachel leaving everything on the track at Saratoga. If she looses her taste for this level of competition... I wouldn't hold it against her. Remember, she was the only one that ran against the bias in the BC Ladies Sprint and she crushed them. The second place horse is about the only horse I know of that ran and won after the BC. I love that horse and she was a solid single in all my multi-race exotics. The Repole horse (Stay Thirsty) was "all out" to barely get to her in the last jump.
Check the url below. Click on the first two icons. The first gives her racing highlights and the second shows a photo of her in the winner's circle. Should be John Rotz in the saddle. http://www.pedigreequery.com/ta+wee
same thing as rachel alexander, peaked and will never be the same!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ta Wee was a huge wide girthed filly/mare that was practically unbeatable at 6F. Maybe her half brother, the Doctor, was about the only one in a day of many terrific performers. Groupie may have given her a tussle the longer they stretched out, but 6F or less would be too tough for the Doll. Ta Wee won the Fall Highweight under extreme imposts in back to back years beating the top male sprinters that were brave enough to chase her.
A question for the "Old Timers" out there. (just for referance) ...I wasn't around, but am quite aware of the great filly sprinter Ta Wee. How does a filly like Groupie Doll compare to her , or even a filly like Xtra Heat. Like I said this is just so I can get a point of referance on just how good Groupie Doll is or just how great Ta Wee was. Thanks.
if she never runs again she owe's them nothing,her value will not increase they had a great run with her and she will make a great mom
Anyone who does not use their real name when they are complaining is a puss.
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