Groupie Doll , the 2-time B/C F/M Sprint champ goes out for the final run of her illustrious career this Sunday in the $200,000, GIII Hurricane Bertie Stakes, for 4yo’s and up lady sprinters, at 6 1/2 F’s over the Gulfstream Park main as “7” fast ladies will dash for the cash in this first graded race on the Gulfstream Sunday card .
Groupie Doll , at 6/5, 2 back, did win her 2nd straight GI Breeders Cup F/M Sprint title and did garner 2013 F/M Sprint Eclipse award honors, but last out did look weakened with just a 4th finish in the GI Cigar Mile where she has had little luck in the past! She has had some good works since then and the 6 1/2 f’s here is more in her wheelhouse anyway! Look for “The Doll” to make one more big last effort here on Sunday and put a nice finish touch on a great career!
Wildcat Lily , at 5/1, is the winner of the GIII Azalea Stakes at Calder last summer, went on to finish 2nd, twice up at Saratoga in the GI Prioress and again in the GI Test Stakes also last summer. Her last out of 2013 was a distant 6th in the $100k Musical Romance Stakes here way back on Sept 21st of last year. She’ll take some money here on Sunday as a south florida gal anyway and if she is truly back to top form she’ll a handful for “The Doll” in the stretch.
Heart Stealer , at 3/1, is the winner of the GIII Sugar Swirl Stakes here on Dec. 14th, got up just in time for the win by a neck, rolling late in deep stretch in a winning time of 1:09.2 for the 6f’s. She can roll late or go out early to be in the mix here on Sunday as we’ll be using her in our exotics plays, too!
Jamaican Smoke , at 6/1, has finished 2nd in the GII Victory Ride Stakes, 3rd in last year’s GI Madison Stakes at Keeneland and 4th in the GI Humana Distaff at Churchill over sloppy going and was not seen again until a Jan 4th Gulfstream $62.5k 2x Oc at 6f’s where she finished 3rd last out after weakening down at the rail! Lots and lots of early speed here and maybe she can hang on for a piece!
Five Star Momma , at 8/1, is 3 of her last 4 including Stakes and alw wins and was a last out 2nd in the $100k Willa On the Move Stakes at Laurel on Dec 28th losing a stretch lead to come up 3/4’s short of her fourth straight win! An early speed here too but not quite in the same class as a 2-time Eclipse Award winner here on Sunday as maybe she can hang up for a piece of the pie in here!
Distortion , at 10/1, make her first start since a Belmont Park June 1x Oc 6f dash covered in 1:10.2 coming 2nd by 1/2 length there. Just a Mdn winner here everyone and this is a heck of a spot to pick for a return to racing for this 4yo filly sprinter!
My Due Process , at 15/1, does offer brief g/s and stakes experience but nowhere near the board in any of them. Has not won anything since April of 2012 and has only sniffed the board once since in a G/P 5f alw turf sprint last Feb. coming 3rd in that $62.5k Oc 2x turf tilt! She’s not in the same universe here with the top ladies in here but if you are looking for a crazy long shot to help fill out a dime super with some big odds, here’s 10 cents worth for you!
Yes, we’ll be sorry to see “The Doll” leave the ladies sprinting scene for good after this race but she’ll live in our memories as one of best ladies we’ve ever seen go dashing for the cash!
“Bon Voyage”, “Doll”!
Race #4 – Post Time – 2:03 pm Est.
|1.||Groupie Doll||R Maragh||123||W B Bradley||6/5|
|2.||Jamaican Smoke||J Lezcano||117||E Kenneally||6/1|
|3.||My Due Process||J Bravo||117||C Vaccarezza||15/1|
|4.||Distortion||L Saez||117||N P Zito||10/1|
|5.||Five Star Momma||A Jaen||119||J M Antonucci||8/1|
|6.||Heart Stealer||J Castellano||121||M D Wolfson||3/1|
|7.||Wildcat Lily||J L Alvarez||121||M J Azpurua||5/1|
Picks are – 1,2,6,7 exacta box, with the 5 at the back-end of a super play!