Edited Gulfstream Park release:
Two-time Eclipse Award-winner Groupie Doll breezed five-furlongs at Gulfstream Park Saturday morning, preparing for her scheduled final career start in the Grade III, $150,000 Hurricane Bertie on Feb. 9.
The 6-year-old daughter of Bowman’s Band was timed in 1:00 4/5 after finishing the last quarter of a mile in 23 3/5 seconds while traveling easily under exercise rider Jada Schlenk.
“She looked like she did it very well. We wanted to have a little easier work this week without pushing her. Last week, she saw some company in front of her and ran them down,” trainer Buff Bradley said. “We just wanted to get a nice easy work and get some distance in her. She galloped out really strong.”
Groupie Doll, who was purchased by Mandy Pope for $3.1 million at the Keeneland November Breeding stock sale, has worked three times at Gulfstream since finishing a troubled fourth against males in the Grade I Cigar Mile at Aqueduct. Last week, she breezed five furlongs in 59 4/5 seconds.
The Hurricane Bertie, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for fillies and mares, is scheduled to be Groupie Doll’s 23rd and last start of a brilliant career that includes back-to-back triumphs in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita.
“We’ll probably breeze her next Sunday and go a half, hopefully, a sharp half,” said Bradley, who bred Groupie Doll with his father, Fred.