09/09/2013 7:36PM

Presque Isle Downs: Groupie Doll sets track mark in winning Masters

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Groupie Doll rebounded from a defeat in her 5-year-old debut to set a track record Monday night in repeating as the winner of the Grade 2, $400,200 Presque Isle Downs Masters, the annual showcase at the Erie, Pa., track

With Rajiv Maragh aboard, Groupie Doll ran down Purely Hot to win by 1 1/2 lengths, completing the 6 1/2-furlong distance in 1:14.88 over the Tapeta synthetic and returning $3 to win as the heavy favorite. Judy the Beauty, the 3-1 second choice, was another three-quarters of a length back in third in a field of nine fillies and mares.

Groupie Doll, the reigning Eclipse champion in the filly-mare sprint division, was making just her second start since November. She was third in her comeback race, the Aug. 10 Gardenia at Ellis Park, after which trainer Buff Bradley said he expected major improvement at Presque Isle.

Bradley bred and owns Groupie Doll with his 82-year-old father, Fred. The Bradleys made the seven-hour drive together Monday from Kentucky to attend the race and met up at Presque Isle with their ownership partners, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns.

“The big mare is back,” Bradley said by phone afterward. “We really thought she was back, and this race proved it. We’re very happy. The filly that ran second was awfully tough to get past, and it took a track record to do it.”

Purely Hot, a 10-1 shot whose first of nine races this year came for a mere $4,000 claiming tag, got a beautiful trip, racing a clear third for much of the way under Harry Vega while Groupie Doll chased from several lengths farther behind. Nearing the quarter pole, as two longshots faltered on the lead, Purely Hot shot to the front as Groupie Doll and Judy the Beauty also began making up steady ground.

Down the stretch, Purely Hot was resilient, but with less than 100 yards to go, Groupie Doll finally surged clear with her outside rally for her 10th victory from 19 career starts.

“I was calling the race for my dad because he didn’t have a very good viewpoint,” said Bradley. “I said, ‘Well, it looks like we’re going to be second. Then toward the end, I’m like, ‘Nope, sorry Dad, she’s going to win!’ It was great.”

“The speed really went out blasting,” Maragh told TVG. “When I left, I tried to ride aggressive to get position without being hung too wide. I made kind of an early move to put her in position and have no excuses. She might be even better than last year. She’s definitely not slower.”

Groupie Doll easily won the Masters last year and will run in the same two races – the Oct. 5 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland and the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita – that she won last year in becoming an overwhelming choice as divisional champion.

Under allowance conditions, Groupie Doll carried just 115 pounds, including three pounds of overweight. Weights ranged from 112 to 119 for the others.

The former record for 6 1/2 furlongs at 7-year-old Presque Isle was 1:15.04, set in 2008 by Whistle Pig.

Groupie Doll, a Kentucky-bred by Bowman’s Band, earned $240,000 to increase her career bankroll to $1,908,850.

The $2 exacta (10-6) paid $20.60; the $1 trifecta (10-6-9) returned $41.70; and the 10-cent superfecta (10-6-9-2) was worth $35.87.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the date for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. It is Nov. 2, not Nov. 1.

Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
What's all the negative comments about $10,000 Claimer horse ran the race of her life almost fought off a champion. It was a great claim and thrill for connections who have a nice synthetic/poly horse. Hope the best and Groupie Doll is BACK !!
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
You would think after all the winners I put in these blogs that you have read. (i see you here all the time) It makes me wonder how you can even try to make me look like I lose at this. You got Oxbow. you got Orb, you got the $60 horse a month back. I think the last ten names that I posted over the past few months produced 7 winners.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
A three year old can find a 2-5 horse.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Okay guys, you especialy Steve S, with all the chit chat between the 2 of you, there is 25 minutes to post in the 8th Belmont. A nw2ot allw opt 62.5k claimer, a decent field, who wins it ? I will take a 42% winner any time , I picked my winner.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Will be at MOnouth Park Sunday for the handicapping contest for Monmouth/Woodbine. Anyone else going?
William More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to William Bradley, patience always bring great results. Best wishes to the team!!!!!!!
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Steve szy, you cannot be serious. Bragging about picking the 2-5 favorite. You said bet your money at 7-5 and 3-5 would be fair and you didn't even get that. You busted on anyone who said Purely Hot would run well, saying no class and no chance. Then come on here bragging about the $3 winner, and again busting on the 10-1 who finished second. Weird. My guess is you bet as much in exacta's, losing, and losing money to the race. Even if you bet $40 to win, you got $60 back, and if others bet 20 win/place they got $72 back. Plus they got the exacta box and your's went up in smoke. I have no respect for someone to tout a 2-5 and brag about it when the horse they said had no chance at 10-1 got second. And all respect for those who touted the 10-1 and took the favorite to the wire. You should have taken your small win and overall loss and kept quiet.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
You cant tell these guys anything I see this in the sportbook all the time. People betting 2/5 favorite. I have heard of people 100k on a show bet with a 1/9. Crazy. If he makes 10 bets like that and wins 3 which is average he will be a loser
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I used to tell those guys betting even money as a steady diet is not recipe for success. They would laugh and say it's easy money to double your money. And about the fifth race they were always wanting to borrow money from me.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Let's talk hotshot. We'll see what you know. You know NOTHING of me. Like I said. I hit at 42%. In the last month I have hit a 3, $10,000 SUPERFECTAS $30 PLAYS.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
More importantly stevie, you know nothing of me. I appreciate the capitalization of superfecta in case I thought you meant exacta or trifecta.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
I bet online early in the day. I am sorry I made a nice profit and it irritated you.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
I bet $1400 to win
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
stevie stevie stevie. Calm down little buddy.I didn't win or lose anything on the race. I bet nothing in a bad betting race. I was commenting on your ridiculous comments and attitude toward those that liked the 10-1 shot which ran great. Then you ridicule them. It's just stupid and childish. Anyone who touts then brags about a 2-5 horse has nothing to teach anyone about handicapping and certainly not me.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
How did HOT give DOLL all she could handle. the blazing fast track favored HOT, as DOLL raced off the pace and wide and still on felt the whip a few times and then coasted in.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
How did that 10K claimer work out for all you touts? LOL Yeah-I know. She paid $3, but I rather collect My $2100, then lose my $1400.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
you forgot the decimal points 21.00$ and 14.00$
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Wow, call the touts out for saying a 10-1 shot will run well, she takes a champion through the lane and just comes up short and you laugh at them? You tout a 2-5 that needs the entire stretch to get her and you're proud? If you bet 40 bucks to win you get 60. With the money you lost on the exacta you lost money to the race. If they bet 20 win/place they got 72 bucks, plus the exacta money. They did way better than you. You should have taken your loss with a 2-5 favorite that everybody and their brother had and kept quiet.
edb More than 1 year ago
Awesome race by Purely Hot to give Groupie Doll a tussle. Needing a track record to win, Groupie Doll is back on track again. Just another who cares race with nice purse and lost on a monday night. GD should be a single in BC again. Can't argue with success.
1971 Whippet More than 1 year ago
Less than $400,000 wagered on a race that paid out $400,000. If I was the type to play the slots, I'd be getting a bit tweaked as I subsidized a dying game.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
Awesome watching the owner/trainer last night of Purely Hot rooting their horse on....took a Breeders Cup Champ running a track record to beat her....Claim of the year!!!