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Champion Groupie Doll Return Imminent
US champion female sprinter Groupie Doll (Bowman's Band-Deputy Doll, by Silver Deputy) will make her seasonal debut in the Gr3 Gardenia Stakes at Ellis Park on August 10, reports bloodshorse.com. Groupie Doll has not been seen since finishing runner-up when racing against males in the Gr1 Cigar Mile Handicap in November following her brilliant victory in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Trainer Buff Bradley explained there were several reasons for kicking off Groupie Doll's preparation in the Gardenia. "She has been off nine months and I didn't really want her to have to run her 'A' race in the race at Saratoga (the Gr1 Ballerina). She's ready now and instead of sitting on her another month, it would be better for her and more beneficial for her to run a race. I'm not saying it's a prep race but it kind of is a steppingstone to where we want to be." Bradley stated the Gr2 Masters Stakes at Presque Isle and the Gr3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland would be Groupie Doll's next assignments. The 5YO has thus far won 9 of her 17 starts for US$1,657,850 earnings.