Groupie Doll has workout ahead of final start


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Hallandale Beach, FL ( - Champion sprinter Groupie Doll put in a workout Saturday as she prepares for her final career start.

Groupie Doll, owned by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm, worked five furlongs at Gulfstream Park in 1:00 4/5 with exercise rider Jada Schlenk aboard. The time was one-second slower than last week's workout.

"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."

The 6-year-old mare will close her championship career on Sunday, Feb. 9 in Gulfstream's $150,000 Hurricane Bertie at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Groupie Doll won her second straight Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint with jockey Rajiv Maragh at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. That victory secured her a second Eclipse Award as champion Female Sprinter.

The mare has earned $2,528,850 in 22 lifetime starts with 11 wins, four seconds and four thirds.

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