Thoroughbred Racing

Groupie Doll headlines Cigar Mile

Ozone Park, NY (Sports Network) - Champion female sprinter Groupie Doll tops a field of seven highly rated horses for Saturday's $350,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct.

Trained by co-owner Buff Bradley, Groupie Doll is making a quick turn around after her victory on Nov. 3 in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. The 4- year-old filly won the $1 million race by 4 1/2-lengths as the 7-10 favorite, notching her fifth straight win.

Groupie Doll will be ridden by Rajiv Maragh from the outside post in the Cigar Mile. Maragh has been aboard the chestnut filly for her last six starts.

"I wasn't looking for another race for her; I wasn't looking for a race against boys," Bradley said. "I thought that trip (to and from California) might knock her back a little, but they had the parade of Breeders' Cup champions here at Churchill last weekend and she was just feeling so good. We took her to the track to train her just to let her down a little. I never even thought about the Cigar Mile until that weekend."

After opening 2012 with three losses, Groupie Doll posted wins in the Vinery Madison and Humana Distaff Stakes. She was given time off until September when she won the Presque Isle Downs Masters followed by the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes leading to the Breeders' Cup.

"Since the layoff over the summer she's only had three starts and she's won all three of them impressively," Bradley added. "She'll get a vacation after this regardless, but she's got something left. We want to run her when she's ready to run, and she's ready right now. The one-turn mile is good for her and I feel she can be competitive in a race like this."

Groupie Doll has earned more than $1.5 million in 16 career starts with nine wins.

Breaking from the inside post will be former Travers Stakes winner Stay Thirsty. The 4-year-old colt, trained by Todd Pletcher, will again be ridden by Ramon Dominguez.

Owned by Mike Repole, Stay Thirsty is coming off a second-place result to Flat Out in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in October. Earlier this year he was second in the Vanlandingham Stakes and was fifth in both the Suburban and Woodward Handicaps.

Winless since last year's Travers, Stay Thirsty has banked better than $1.7 million with four wins in 16 starts.

Shipping in from California will be Bob Baffert's Coil with jockey Martin Garcia. The 4-year-old colt will start from post six.

Owned by Mike Pegram, Coil won the Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes on Oct. 6 after finishing second in the Pat O'Brien Stakes in August. In the Breeder's Cup Sprint he finished seventh behind Trinniberg.

Winner of last year's Haskell Invitational, Coil has earned just over $1 million with wins in half of his 12 career starts.

Here is the full field for the Cigar Mile in post position order: Stay Thirsty, Ramon Dominguez; Associate, John Velazquez; Buffum, Eddie Castro; Jersey Town, Javier Castellano; Hymn Book, Joel Rosario; Coil, Martin Garcia and Groupie Doll, Rajiv Maragh.

Post-time Saturday for the Mile will be 3:20 p.m. (ET).

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