The classy sprinter might have given her connections a few anxious moments around the far turn when she rolled up on horses full of run. But under a confident ride from Rajiv Maragh, she found a seam, split horses gamely and went on to cross the wire all alone in the end. She covered the six furlongs in a sprightly 1:09/32 in winning her fourth consecutive stakes race dating back to the Madison Stakes (G1) at Keeneland in April.
“We know she’s right now,” said trainer Buff Bradley. “She’s been training well up to the race. After she came out of the Presque Isle (Downs Masters Stakes, a Grade 2 race on September 8 in her last start), I really felt good. She came into form again. Sometimes when you give them time off like that you don’t know if they’re going to come back as strong. But she sure has.”
Maragh had plenty of confidence in the odds-on favorite.
“I had a ton of horse. I was just being patient,” he said. “I just waited for the opening. I could have gone outside early but I would have had to go real wide so I was just patient and knew she was going to give me her run when it opened up and she sure did.”
Strike the Moon finished a distant second and pacesetter Honey Chile finished third.
Groupie Doll/Keeneland photo