The filly that could almost did it again.
Groupie Doll was beaten by a nose in the $350,000 Grade I Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Park on Saturday.The four-year-old filly, owned and bred by Buff and Fred Bradley of Frankfort, finished second to Stay Thirsty in 1:35.47.
“She ran her race,” trainer/owner Buff Bradley said. “She had a perfect trip. She just got outrun by a better horse today. It took an extra special horse to beat her.”
Breaking from post No. 7, Groupie Doll, this year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner, ran in third to the outside behind pacesetters Buffum and Coil. Stay Thirsty stalked in fourth a couple lengths off the pace.
On the final turn, Groupie Doll, the even-money favorite ridden by jockey Rajiv Maragh, swung wide to take the lead in her first race against male horses. Stay Thirsty rallied from the outside to move into second. The two horses battled together the final furlong and Stay Thirsty prevailed with a bob of the head in a photo finish.
Coil held on for third, Buffum finished forth and Hymn Book fifth. Associate and Jersey Town were scratched.
“It was a head bob. You can’t take anything away from her,” Bradley said.
The filly owned by the Bradleys and partners Carl Hurst and Brent Burns will return to Indian Ridge in Frankfort Sunday and enjoy a break until readying for her five-year-old season.
“She fought hard to get the lead and got there,” Bradley said. “I really can’t blame it on anything. Everything went well and she shipped in here really good. Now she’ll get a break. We don’t have any regrets about coming here and a lot of people up here were thanking us for coming.
“Looking at her race (against boys), it was a good one. She proved she could do it. One of the best colts was Coil and she beat him. Nice field. They all belonged. It was a pretty tough field. She put one away but the other one got her.”
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