By Claire Novak, @BH_CNovak
Groupie Doll continued her dominantion of the female sprint division Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park, inhaling her rivals on the turn to take the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths under a hand ride from jockey Rajiv Maragh.
The 4-year-old daughter of Bowman's Band improved her win streak to five straight victories in graded stakes this year, three of them in grade I events. She was bred in Frankfort, Ky., by the father-son team of Fred and William "Buff" Bradley out of the Silver Deputy mare Deputy Doll.
"It's the first race we've ever won like this, so it's pretty special," said Buff Bradley, who trains the filly for an ownership group that includes himself, his father, Carl Hurst, and Brent Burns.
Groupie Doll stalked a pace set by longshot Teddy's Promise
, who broke from the one hole to lead through early fractions of :22.23 and :44.19. After three-quarters in 1:08.45, she was looming large in third just behind the leader and second-place contender Dust and Diamonds
, who took the lead heading into the stretch.
Cruising for home under Maragh's confident handling, Groupie Doll easily collared that rival and widened away to an easy advantage under the wire. Final time for seven furlongs was 1:20.72.
"She's always just showed so much class and every race just keeps getting better," the jockey said.
Groupie Doll improved her career record to 9-3-2 from 16 starts. Sent off the 3-5 favorite in a field of 10, she returned $3.90, $2.60, and $2.10. Dust and Diamonds, the 9-2 second choice, paid $4.20 and $3.20 while Switch
completed the trifecta another length back and paid $3.60 to show.
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Alongside NFL runnning back Stephen Jackson, connections of Groupie Doll celebrate their victory.