Keeneland

Groupie Doll romps in Thoroughbred Club of America

Groupie Doll, front, with jockey Rajiv Maragh up, won the Grade III Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland.
Groupie Doll, front, with jockey Rajiv Maragh up, won the Grade III Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland. Herald-Leader

As if sensing she was going to be the most talked about girl of the afternoon, Groupie Doll kept halting before the cameras in the paddock prior to Saturday's Grade II Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, giving photographers a chance to capture her best side.

Several minutes later, the multiple Grade-I winning dynamo gave her eight rivals the view of her they've become all too accustomed to.

The role of favorite for this year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint was officially filled before 22,292 at Keeneland when Fred and Buff Bradley's homebred filly Groupie Doll burst between horses in the lane to win the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America by 61/2 lengths.

The six-furlong test was one of five graded stakes on the Keeneland card Saturday.

The calm and cool Groupie Doll has dominated the female sprint division this year, winning four straight including the Grade I Vinery Madison and Humana Distaff. Once the chestnut filly found room under Rajiv Maragh Saturday, the only question was how big the final margin would be as she hit the wire in 1:09.21.

"I feel like right now, she's tough," said Buff Bradley, who trains Groupie Doll and co-owns her with his father Fred. "I think one thing that helps this filly is she is very classy and knows how to relax. It doesn't matter where she goes."

Tapitsfly rolls in First Lady

For Tapitsfly, this season has turned into her best year ever.

The 5-year-old daughter of Tapit gritted past Grade I winner Daisy Devine in a prolonged stretch battle to capture the Grade I, $350,000 First Lady Stakes over the Keeneland turf by half a length.

After missing her whole 3-year-old season and having just four career wins coming into this year, the Dale Romans trainee has now notched three graded stakes victories including two Grade I triumphs in 2012.

"She's always game, she's been nothing but good for us," said Romans, who added that a Breeders' Cup run would be tricky as she would have to either stretch out in the Filly and Mare Turf or take on males in the Mile.

Final time for the one mile race was 1:35.44.

Breeders' Futurity to Joha

Mike Maker, trainer of 2011 2-year-old champion Hansen, has another promising juvenile on his hands after his charge Joha wired the field to take the Grade I, $400,000 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity by one length.

Joha was cross-entered in Sunday's Grade III Bourbon Stakes but justified Maker's decision to go for the bigger prize when he cut fractions of :23.90 and :48.41 during the 11⁄16-mile test before drawing off for his third career win and a possible start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Bridgetown wins Woodford

Melnyk Racing Stables' homebred Bridgetown wore down Great Mills inside the sixteenth pole to win the Woodford by one length.

Ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher, Bridgetown covered the 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:02.55.

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