Abnormal Blood Work Delays Top Racehorse's Training

Abnormal Blood Work Delays Top Racehorse's Training

Groupie Doll winning the 2012 Breeder's Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. The 5-year-old mare is currently sidelined due to abnormal blood work.

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Last year's Breeder's Cup Filly & Mare Sprint champion Groupie Doll, who arrived at Gulfstream Park, in Hallandale Beach, Fla., on Dec. 29, has yet to make it to the racetrack to train due to less-than-perfect blood work.

"Her blood work hasn't been just right yet, so we haven't even taken her to the track yet," said trainer Buff Bradley, who bred and owns the 5-year-old mare in partnership with his father, Fred. "She's eating good; her temperature's normal; she's not coughing; but she's had to be put on antibiotics, trying to get her blood right.

"It's showing there's some kind of infection she's fighting," Bradley continued. "We pulled it again on Monday (Jan. 7), and it's getting better. So we thought we'd walk her another five days and pull it again and see how that's like. We (want) to make sure the horse is right before we go back with her. We're not pushed for time or anything.

"She's been very healthy. She's had all her vaccines and everything, it's just may be a bug or something," Bradley said. "She really hasn't shown a big sickness or anything, which is good. But I don't want to start her training and knock her back, because that's what would happen."

Groupie Doll is the leading candidate to be named champion female sprinter at the Jan. 19 Eclipse Awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park.

"It's pretty exciting knowing that she ought to have the Filly & Mare Sprint division wrapped up pretty good," said Bradley. "I always wanted to walk up there and get a little horse, that statue. It's great to know that a horse we bred and raised right from the start is a champion. The whole team and family are excited and proud."

Originally published on BloodHorse.com.

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