09/04/2013 2:57PM

Presque Isle: Masters champ Groupie Doll faces 10 challengers

Tom Keyser
Groupie Doll, last year's champion female sprinter, will try to win the Grade 2 Presque Isle Masters for a second time Monday.

Groupie Doll will face Judy the Beauty and nine other fillies and mares Monday evening when she defends her title in the seventh running of the Grade 2, $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters in Erie, Pa.

Groupie Doll, the 2012 filly and mare sprint champion, had her final tune-up for the Masters when she breezed a half-mile in 47.60 seconds Tuesday at her home track, Churchill Downs. Trainer Buff Bradley said he is looking for the 5-year-old Groupie Doll to improve off her third-place finish as the 1-5 favorite in the Aug. 10 Gardenia Stakes, a one-mile dirt race at Ellis Park. The Gardenia was her first race since last November.

“You’d have to think she needed the race,” said Bradley. “Obviously we’re looking for her to take it up a notch at Presque Isle.”
The Masters, which goes at 6 1/2 furlongs on the Tapeta synthetic, is carded as the sixth of eight Monday races. First post is 5:25 p.m. Eastern, with the feature set for 7:40.

Judy the Beauty was scratched from the Aug. 23 Ballerina at Saratoga when she acted up at the starting gate, but has had no ill effects from that incident, said trainer Wesley Ward. The 4-year-old Judy the Beauty has 4 wins and 6 seconds from 10 career starts. She drilled a bullet five furlongs Sunday in 59.20 seconds over the Polytrack surface at Keeneland.

“We’re very excited about sending her up there and giving the champ a try,” said Ward. “She’s fine – actually, she’s great.”
Groupie Doll, with Rajiv Maragh to ride, was assigned post 10, while Judy the Beauty and jockey David Flores will break just to her inside from post 9.

Under allowance conditions, Groupie Doll will carry just 112 pounds, while the others carry anywhere from 110 to 118. Groupie Doll won the Presque Isle Downs Masters last year by 3 3/4 lengths amid a five-race win streak that culminated with a 4 1/2-length triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

From the rail, this is the Masters field: Toto Cor, Sounds of the City, Allwewantforxmas, Srikinglybeautiful, Mystic City, Purely Hot, Winning Image, Lotta Lovin, Judy the Beauty, Groupie Doll, and Queen’s Award.

gradygulch More than 1 year ago
You're talking about 6lbs on a 1500lb animal...I don't think it matters all the much.
Jason More than 1 year ago
haha - is this your first day in horse racing?? Go ask any jock or trainer if 6 pounds makes a difference
mark More than 1 year ago
1500lbs? she is not a clydesdale...she probably closer to 1000lbs. LOL
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
It isn't the horses fault that the weights are what they are. If you have a good horse, you TAKE ADVAANTAGE of the conditions. Just like a $50,000 claimer can win 5-6-7 Str Hcp races for horses that started for $15,000k if he has gotten better. HERE ARE THE CONDITIONS>>> 6½ Furlongs. ™PidMstrs-G2 PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS MASTERS S. Grade II. Purse $400,000 FOR FILLIES AND MARES, THREE YEARS OLD AND UPWARD. No Nomination Fee. $500 to pass the entry box. $1,000 additional to start. Money to be divided: $240,000 to the Winner, $80,000 to Second, $40,000 to Third, $20,000 to Fourth, $10,000 to Fifth, $6,000 toSixth, $2,000 to Seventh and Eighth, and $200 each to Ninth through Twelfth. WEIGHTS: Three-year-olds 119 lbs., Older 121 lbs. Winners of a Graded Sweepstakes in 2013 to carry 2 lbs. additional, Non-Winners of a Sweepstakes with a value of $100,000 or greater to the winner in 2013 allowed . 3 lbs., Non-Winners of $60,000 in 2013 . 6 lbs., Non-Winners of $30,000 in 2013. 9 lbs., Nominations Closed Wednesday, August 28, 2013 With 38 Nominatiions. TROPHY TO THE WINNING OWNER AND A PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS MASTERS STAKES JACKET TO THE WINNING TRAINER
Jason More than 1 year ago
and who writes those conditions????? THE TRACK!!!!!! Obviously they wanted Groupie Doll there and didn't want to assign her a high weight so that the connections had a reason to back out of coming there
Judy Maass Gadwood More than 1 year ago
I love Groupie Doll (and have been a fan) but with my namesake in this race, I have to go with Judy The Beauty. I met her at Keeneland in June. Her name fits her :-) Her last time in the gate was not "beautiful" but she's had a good workout. Go Judy!! May you all come home safe XO Auntie Judy
arthur spalding More than 1 year ago
If she's back to her old self, groupie crushes this field.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
ow do they figure what horse carries how much weight. this race has a horse thats never even hit the board in a graded race carrying the most weight and the only grade 1 winner of the bunch is one of the lighter weights. that just seems backwards to me
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Allowance condition. You need to read the paragraph at the top of the racing form.
Jason More than 1 year ago
exactly.... makes no sense... Presque obviously wanted GD to run there again so get they get some publicity.... assigning her 112 pounds is ridiculous
Senor Enrico More than 1 year ago
Why is this 400K race run under allowance conditions. Eclipse FM Sprinter, BC Champ, defending Masters winner and a multiple G1 winner and she gets 112 with only 1 horse getting a lower weigh assignment. How stupid is this. All stake races regardless of being graded or not should be run under weight for age/sex conditions.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Correcto my friend, europe has got it right
Jason More than 1 year ago
She's carrying 112 pounds while others are carrying 118??? Are they trying to give her every chance to win??
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Absolutely, but it is not fix. 6 lbs is a lot for a breeders cup winner.
m More than 1 year ago
Look what happened to poor Saginaw at 130lbs.......................................
Dave More than 1 year ago
I think what people are saying is if you're letting GD carry 112, then let them all carry 112.
Tom V More than 1 year ago
that's interesting, how many other times did he carry 130? Much to sad about Saginaw.
arthur spalding More than 1 year ago
He carried alot of weight many times. It sadly happens..and it is part of this game. Not for the faint of heart
Benjamin Gay More than 1 year ago
Too sad