Champion Groupie Doll Rested and Ready to Go

Champion Groupie Doll Rested and Ready to Go
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Groupie Doll, the champion female sprinter of 2012, is back at trainer Buff Bradley's barn at Churchill Downs after spending about three months at the Bradley family's Indian Ridge Farm in Frankfort, Ky.

Bradley, who owns Groupie Doll in partnership with his father Fred, Carl Hurst, and Brent Burns, sent the 5-year-old mare home in early February after she was not training to his satisfaction at Gulfstream Park.

"Is it a 180-degree turnaround from Florida? Absolutely," Buff Bradley said of Groupie Doll after her return to the track May 6. "She has really good energy and she wants to do it. I knew we were good and did not anticipate any problems bringing her back."

While at the farm, Groupie Doll shared a pasture with the 12-year-old gelding Brass Hat.

" 'Brass' was training her," Bradley said of his former stable star who earned more than $2.1 million in his career. "They would run for 10 minutes and Brass was so smart, he would cut the corner on her and when they were done, she was really blowing."

Bradley said he plans to jog Groupie Doll all this month and not begin galloping until June as he maps out a campaign for 2013.

During her championship season, Groupie Doll won five of her nine starts, with two seconds and a pair of thirds, and earnings of nearly $1.4 million.

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