Groupie Doll’s First Foal To Debut On Jan. 13 At Fair Grounds

by | 01.06.2018 | 5:16pm
Buff Bradley with Groupie Doll

Much of the focus on Saturday, Jan. 13 will be placed on the field of 14 3-year-olds chasing Kentucky Derby dreams in the Gr. III LeComte at the Fair Grounds. Earlier on the card however, Tapability, the first foal out of two-time Champion Female Sprinter Groupie Doll, will be making his career debut for trainer William “Buff” Bradley.

Tapability is by leading North American sire Tapit and owned by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm LLC. Pope bought the two-time Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner at the 2013 Keeneland November Sale for $3,100,000. Following such a lucrative purchase, she remained in training under the care of Bradley and made two final starts before going off to the breeding shed. Such final starts came in the Gr. I Cigar Mile at Aqueduct against colts where she was fourth before rounding out her successful career at Gulfstream Park in the Gr. III Hurricane Bertie in January 2014. Groupie Doll is Bradley's most successful Thoroughbred to date with $2,648,880 in career earnings. That being said, Bradley has an obvious sense of pride in conditioning her first foal.

“We're very happy and very thrilled to be able to train him,” Bradley said. “Mandy has been very nice to us and has the confidence in us to send him to us at let us train him. Apparently (Tapit and Groupie Doll nicked pretty well) because that's where the next couple of babies are coming from. The next one is a filly and then there's another Tapit colt. It's pretty exciting to be able to run this horse.”

In preparation for his career debut, Tapability worked a half-mile in :49.80 over the Fair Grounds main track on Saturday morning.

“He breezed Saturday morning from the gate,” Bradley said. “He's been a little slow coming out of there so we were glad that he breezed very well out of the gate this morning. He's ready to go.”

Bradley went on to compare Tapability to his champion mother in terms of their behavior around the barn.

“He's pretty much like Groupie Doll in his aggressiveness,” Bradley said. “When he gets out there and wants to do it you can see that he's really on it. She might have been a little more laid back around the barn area whereas he's a bit more aggressive around the barn and in his stall. It's probably (because he's a) colt, but you can tell that he's a very happy horse, always wants to play. He's very manageable though and he's a very happy horse.”

Later in the day, Bradley will send out The Player in the $75,000 Louisiana Stakes, run at a distance of a mile and 70 yards over the main track.

Nicknamed “Angus” around the barn due to his rock star mentality, the 5-year-old son of Street Hero, owned by Bradley in partnership with Carl Hurst, will be looking for redemption after a fifth-place effort in the Gr. I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24 behind Seeking The Soul. His last victory took place prior to such an effort in the Gr. III Fayette at Keeneland on Oct. 28.

“He had a very nice (half-mile) breeze (in :49.80 on Saturday) morning,” Bradley said. “I just don't think that the Clark was his race, he's better than that. He encountered some problems in there but he shipped down here and has been very happy here. He showed in the Fayette and in some of his other races that he's got the talent to compete at a high level.”

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel will ride The Player who will break from post five.

  • Ida Lee

    How do I love thee, Groupie Doll….let me count the ways …..Groupie and Tapit ….can’t wait to see Tapability …..

    • whirlaway

      I have been waiting soooo long he has been in my VS for an eternity at least since he was a 2 yr old and I finally started to be notified of his works. There is also a just turned 2 yr old full sister either a grey/roan named Doll Collection that is a cute name, she too is in my VS.

      • Ida Lee

        Doll Collection ??? OMG … how cute is that …. will be on the lookout ….

        • whirlaway

          I am sure she will not be working very soon as just turned two and is actually a March foal but I will let you know when I am notified when she starts working.
          I love her name very cute and clever for a Groupie Doll daughter.

          • Ida Lee

            Yes, please let me know….I’m following so many “wild babies”….from foals to pandas to bald eagles to baby hippos….I’m exhausted already … BTW the 3-year-olds are looking really good….Curlin needs to have a KD winner this year…he simply must …or make that…I really must ….

          • whirlaway

            Have you seen the video with Freedom the eagle very touching and a Nice story and devotion of the man that has her. You probably can can easily find on the internet.
            Will keep you up to date on Doll Collection I have 65 horses in my VS stable and with new 2yr olds the list will grow. Hopefully Curlin will get a Derby winner and his time
            will come would be nice for MDO also he has a few 3 yr olds but everything has to go
            right no injury, no set back and if you get to the Derby racing luck. Bolt d’oro has already encountered a set back that will now ned him to alter his schedule.

          • Ida Lee

            I checked out the Freedom video….I believe in that kind of love and bonding….no matter what happens in this world, I believe ….

          • whirlaway

            Very inspirational such a beautiful bird and such a wonderful man, it made my day.

          • Freedom Rocks

            Good Magic. :)

  • OopsyDaisy3

    Buff, good luck young man, make your daddy even prouder with Tapability. Many of us watched Groupie Doll’s last race and were sad. Now we look forward to watching her son start his career and the beat goes on! Linda in Texas

  • Delrene from Carlsbad,Ca

    Oh Groupie Doll. We love you. Good luck to your boy.

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