Trainer William "Buff" Bradley said Eclipse Award winner Groupie Doll is doing well during her turnout time at his Kentucky farm and remains on schedule for a late spring return to training.
Bradley, who was at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida the weekend of Feb. 23-24 to saddle horses, said the 5-year-old Bowman's Band mare was examined by veterinarians in Kentucky, and no bone chips or fractures were found. Bradley had the 2012 champion female sprinter at Gulfstream Park earlier this year but shipped her home because she wasn't training to his liking.
"She wasn't horrible (in Florida), and she shipped well to Kentucky," Bradley said. "The vets said I could continue to train her, but I didn't want to second guess myself later and have to give her more time off."
Groupie Doll, bred in Kentucky by Bradley and his father, Fred, is owned by the Bradleys in partnership with William Hurst and Brent Burns. She has won nine of 17 starts including three grade I stakes, three grade II stakes, and one grade III stakes. She is out of the Silver Deputy mare Deputy Doll.
The mare's biggest win came in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. Buff Bradley said that is the goal again this year.
Bradley, as he stated earlier, said the plan is to race Groupie Doll twice before the Breeders' Cup in the Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II) at Presque Isle Downs & Casino in September and the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland in October. Both are raced on synthetic surfaces.
"We're all good with it," Bradley said. "My dad and the partners are good with whatever I suggest, so there's no pressure. We'll take our time with her."
Groupie Doll spends her time hanging in a paddock with Brass Hat, another Bradley homebred who earned more than $2 million and retired after his 9-year-old year. Bradley noted the family enjoys breeding Thoroughbreds and sees great value in Groupie Doll as a broodmare, but it's too soon to discuss that.
"If she's sound and sturdy, I'm not going to say we wouldn't run her next year," Bradley said. "If she's sound and healthy, she gets to race."