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By Claire Novak, @BH_CNovak
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) winner Groupie Doll was scheduled to go to trainer Buff Bradley's farm in Frankfort, Ky. earlier this week, but plans have changed and the 4-year-old filly remains at Churchill Downs to prepare for a possible start against the boys in the Nov. 24 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
"She's so good right now," Bradley said. "It wouldn't be an easy race, but with as good as she is right now, we're thinking about it."
Groupie Doll originally was meant to leave for the farm just days after returning to Louisville following her Breeders' Cup triumph at Santa Anita Park, but Bradley kept her at Churchill to participate in the Breeders' Cup Parade of Champions, which was held at the Louisville track Nov. 11.
"When we took her over for the parade she was dragging them around," Bradley said.
Bradley, who co-owns the filly with his father, Fred, and Carl Hurst and Brent Burns, said Groupie Doll's assigned weight will be the deciding factor on whether to run in the Cigar. Weights are scheduled to be announced Nov. 18.
"We'll check the weights and see," Bradley said. "I want to make sure the weights are fair and, if they look all right, we'll probably go."
Groupie Doll, a homebred daughter of Bowman's Band bred in Kentucky out of the Silver Deputy mare Deputy Doll, has won five of eight starts this year with one second and two thirds. Her other victories in 2012 include the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II), the Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II), the Humana Distaff (gr. I), and the Vinery Madison (gr. I).