06/30/2017 9:36AM

Put Da Blame On Me earns way into Groupie Doll

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Put Da Blame On Me (right) holds off Mines and Magic (left) to win Thursday's feature race at Churchill.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Put Da Blame On Me held off Mines and Magic following a torrid throwdown in the Thursday feature at Churchill and probably stamped her ticket to the biggest race of the Ellis Park meet, the Grade 3, $100,000 Groupie Doll.

With Jimmy Graham riding for trainer Mike Tomlinson, Put Da Blame On Me beat Mines and Magic by a head in the $59,188 allowance at seven furlongs. Both 4-year-old fillies were scratched from the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap five days earlier.

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“This filly has really gotten good,” said Mike Bruder, the retired Evansville, Ind., businessman who owns Put Da Blame On Me, a bay daughter of Blame.

Bruder is a longtime horsemen’s representative who calls Ellis his home track. The Groupie Doll, a one-mile race for fillies and mares, is set for its first Sunday running on Aug. 13.