New Owner to Run Groupie Doll in Cigar Mile
Groupie Doll, acquired by Mandy Pope's Whispering Hill Farm Nov. 6 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, will remain in training for the time being with her longtime conditioner, Buff Bradley.
"I'm very excited," said Bradley by phone following the Nov. 8 announcement. "My whole team is excited. It means so much to all of us to be able to race this champion again."
Bradley, who co-bred Groupie Doll with his father, Fred, and was part of the former ownership group, was on his way to New York to oversee Groupie Doll when the announcement was made.
"Mandy says she wants to keep everything the same with Groupie Doll," he said. "We're very honored that she has done this. We've spoken several times with her since the sale and I'm confident we're all on the same page with this mare.
"We're looking mostly at the Cigar Mile, and I think she will decide then what's next."
Bradley said he believed Pope's decision was influenced by the warm reception Groupie Doll received at the Keeneland sales ring.
"She met with a lot of her fans and she knows just how much this mare means to them," he said.
As for the Cigar Mile, where she will meet a strong field of males expected to include Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner Goldencents, Bradley said Groupie Doll is at the top of her game.
"Absolutely, I've said that all along," he said. "She's as good as she's ever been. It's just a great honor to have her back in our stable."
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