Although it wasn't a winning effort, Musical Romance did make a stopover at Keeneland last fall during her 14-race campaign in 2011 that culminated in an Eclipse Award for champion female sprinter.
The iron lady of her division is back in Lexington on Thursday to see if she can get her second career Grade I win as she headlines a field of 10 in the $300,000 Vinery Madison Stakes for older fillies and mares going seven furlongs on the Polytrack.
Musical Romance rarely has a bad effort, hitting the board 22 times in 35 career starts, and her narrow loss in the Grade II Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland last October was no different. The 5-year-old daughter of Concorde's Tune used that race to set up her victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs, her first Grade I triumph.
One of the main rivals Musical Romance will have to overcome in the Madison is Groupie Doll, who herself is becoming a force in the female sprint division. Groupie Doll, trained by Buff Bradley, was third behind Musical Romance in the Grade II Inside Information Stakes going 7 furlongs on the Gulfstream Park main track on March 17. She was beaten just a head in the Grade II Raven Run at Keeneland last October after rallying from next to last.
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"We put blinkers on her so we expect her to be a little more forwardly placed for this race," Bradley said. "She's been having too much to do in these races going seven furlongs so we're going to try and get her in the race a little earlier.
"It's a very well-matched field ... but she's run against some of the best. She belongs in this kind of company."