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Groupie Doll Wins US Gr1 Humana Distaff
Favoured 4YO mare Groupie Doll (Bowman's Band-Deputy Doll, by Silver Deputy) notched her 2nd successive Gr1 triumph & scorched a new track record with a 7.25-lengths slaughter of her rivals in the US$300,000 Gr1 Humana Distaff Stakes (7 furlongs) for mares 4YO & up at Churchill Downs. Groupie Doll (ridden by Rajiv Maragh for trainer William Bradley) clocked 1min 20.44sec (shaving 0.06sec off the previous record set in May 2001 by Alannan) in defeating 5YO mare Musical Romance (Concorde's Tune-Candlelightdinner, by Slew Gin Fizz) & 6YO mare Magical Feeling (Empire Maker-Magical Mood, by Forestry). Groupie Doll took her record to 6 wins (also including April's Gr1 Vinery Madison Stakes over 7 furlongs at Keeneland, plus 2011's Gr3 Gardenia Handicap over 8 furlongs at Ellis Park) & 5 placings (including March's Gr2 Inside Information Stakes over 7 furlongs at Gulfstream Park & February's Gr3 Sabib Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, plus 2011's Gr2 Raven Run Stakes over 7 furlongs at Keeneland & Listed Charles Town Oaks over 7 furlongs at Charles Town) from 13 starts for US$687,850 earnings.