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Rest, return to Frankfort planned for Groupie Doll

Published 11:48 pm Saturday, January 26, 2013

It wont be long now until champion gelding Brass Hat is reunited with another champion.

Brass Hats paddock-mate Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Groupie Doll is set to return home to Frankforts Indian Ridge Farm, after trainer Buff Bradley said he is unhappy with the way she has trained since shipping to Gulfstream Park.

Groupie Doll is doing fine and is still in Florida for another week, Bradley said Wednesday on Groupie Dolls Facebook page. We will find her a ride back to Frankfort next week sometime.

When she arrived at Gulfstream Park, Bradley found she was fighting an infection. Since then, he said, She walked two weeks and then began to go back to the track.

I could tell she was not comfortable training, so (through) many tests with the vet we could not find anything conclusive, Bradley said on Facebook. He prescribed rest for her and that whatever is ailing her should resolve.

Bradley said he remains optimistic that Groupie Doll will race in the fall after a three-month break. If it turns out to be something more serious, the 5-year-old mare out of Bowmans Band will go to the breeding shed next spring.

Groupie Doll is owned in majority by Bradley and his father Fred, and also by long-time clients Carl Hurst and Brent Burns.

After talking with Fred, Carl and Brent we decided that we wanted to give her a shot to race this fall, and that we could give her the time off now and hopefully be ready for a fall campaign, Bradley wrote on Facebook.

Groupie Doll, the Eclipse Award winner for Female Sprinter, has been tentatively scheduled to run in the Grade 2 Inside Information at Gulfstream on March 17.