Groupie Doll Works for Cigar Mile
Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs
Groupie Doll breezed a half-mile in :48 1/5 at Churchill Downs Nov. 17.

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) winner Groupie Doll breezed a half-mile in :48 1/5 at Churchill Downs Nov. 17 in preparation for a possible start against the boys in the $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 24. 

Working on her own following the track's renovation break, Groupie Doll, who races for Buff Bradley, Fred Bradley, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns, went the first quarter-mile in :24 3/5, finished in :23 3/5 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 under jockey John McKee.     

"We'll see how she comes back and then probably make a decision (Sunday)," trainer Buff Bradley said. "I'm sure the weights will be fair, so I'm thinking that mostly we got this work into her to see that she still wants to do it. I want to wait and see what tomorrow brings. I want to see her tomorrow and see how she comes back."
 
Groupie Doll, a 4-year-old daughter of Bowman's Band, was bred in Kentucky by Fred and Buff Bradley out of the Silver Deputy mare Deputy Doll.
 
About an hour after her workout, Bradley was happy with the way his three-time grade I winner was cooling out. 
 
"She's doing great. She's not even blowing," Bradley said. "She's retained her fitness level and she's happy."
 
Weights for the Cigar Mile will be announced Nov. 19, with entries taken Nov. 21.

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