In the early part of this decade, few sprinters were the equal of Groupie Doll.
Trained by Buff Bradley, Groupie Doll won the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter in 2012 and 2013, the same years she won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). At Keeneland in 2012, Groupie Doll won the Madison (G1) and the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2).
On Friday, her second foal, Doll Collection, will make her debut in the 10th race, a 6-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies. The daughter of Tapit will race in the colors of breeder Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm, who purchased Groupie Doll for $3.1 million at Keeneland's 2013 November Breeding Stock Sale.
“Mandy has a house here, and she likes to run at Keeneland,” said trainer Ralph Nicks, who has had Doll Collection on a steady work pattern at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. “We try to pick one that's good enough to bring here, and we think she's good.”
Doll Collection arrived at Keeneland Tuesday with Nicks scheduled to follow this afternoon or Friday morning.
“She is doing real good and has breezed well,” Nicks said. “I don't know if she is a star, but she's got talent.”
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