Buff Bradley, the co-owner, co-breeder, and trainer of Groupie Doll, had a minor scare Oct. 6 after the filly’s dominating, 6 1/2-length victory under Rajiv Maragh in the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (gr. II) at Keeneland.
"They called me away from the champagne reception after the race from the test barn," Bradley said, explaining the call had been made because of the filly’s demeanor. "I got there, and she was not even blowing hard. It was like she didn’t do anything. She was just telling me, ‘Let’s go home.’ "
So home she went back to Churchill Downs, where Bradley reported she ate up everything last night and was grazing this morning.
The victory earned Groupie Doll an expense-paid trip to Santa Anita Park for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) to be run Nov. 3.
The 4-year-old daughter of Bowman's Band, now a millionaire after Saturday’s victory, has won four graded stakes in a row by a combined 20 1/2 lengths. She will step into the deepest of waters as one of the biggest favorites at the World Championships.
"I went to bed at 11 last night but I woke up at 2:30 because I was so jacked up," said Bradley, who owns Groupie Doll with his father, Fred, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns.
"I drove to McDonald’s and bought breakfast for everybody at the barn and then it sunk in," Buff Bradley added. "She has been so dominant and you just watch her and can’t believe she keeps doing it and so easily."
According to Trakus, which records individual sectional times and distance covered for races at Keeneland, Groupie Doll’s final furlong Saturday was 0.69 seconds faster than the next-fastest finisher in the race.
Bradley hopes to work Groupie Doll "a couple of easy halves" prior to the Breeders’ Cup with the final work coming at Santa Anita.