The Day at the Races: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

The Day at the Races: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

Groupie Doll will take on the boys in Saturday’s Cigar Mile.

Trainer William (Buff) Bradley told the Daily News that the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner will put her five-race win streak on the line in the Grade I Cigar Mile, where she’ll likely face the Bob Baffert-trained Coil, last year's Travers winner Stay Thirsty and Kelso winner Jersey Town.

“We looked at the weights and I love it,” Bradley said by phone from his barn at Churchill Downs. “Everything looks fair.”

The weights for the race were released on Sunday with Coil the likely starting high weight carrying 120 pounds.
Shackleford, the 2011 Preakness winner, was also assigned 120 pounds but will skip the race and run in Friday’s Clark Handicap from Churchill Downs, in what will be the final race of his career.

Groupie Doll and Stay Thirsty were each assigned 118 pounds followed by Hymn Book and Jersey Town at 117 pounds of the likely starters.

“We shod her this morning and will probably ship to Aqueduct by Thursday,” Bradley said.

A victory over the boys could but her in the talk as a longshot for Horse of the Year honors, although Wise Dan remains the strong favorite off of his victory in the Mile and his five for six record this year.

“It never was even our intention to do that,” Bradley said.
“I’ve been saying all along that Wise Dan has done well. It’s nice to be mentioned. If I’d had a vote I'd vote for her but I'm biased. I love her.”

The good news is that after this start, Groupie Doll will be freshened up over the winter in Florida and return for a 5-year-old campaign.

Stay Thirsty, who was nailed on the wire in the Jockey Club Gold Cup by Flat Out in his last start on Sept. 29, turned in his final workout for the $350,000 race, breezing four furlongs in :48.85 at Belmont Sunday morning.

AQUEDUCT’S ACE: Ramon Dominguez, who earlier this month broke the record for purse earnings in a year, won five races on Sunday at Aqueduct. Dominguez, who will likely win his third straight Eclipse Award for the top jockey in the nation, won the second aboard Unbelievable Dream ($22.80), the third on Saginaw ($3.20) before sweeping the final three races with Shakeira ($3.80), Rigby ($5.50) and Katie Malone ($12.40).

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