And the Bradley family
Schlenk said Groupie Doll's story could be a book. Or at least a country-western song.
"Her dad died and her mama got struck by lightning and died last year," she said.
We then learn that Deputy Doll's first foal had legs too crooked to put in training. The second broke his shoulder, the third died of colic.
"She's got one family member: a blind sister," Kabel said. "Another baby got salmonella.
Fred Bradley grew up in Providence, Ky., 35 miles from Ellis Park (then known as Dade Park). When he was 10, he bought a coal-cart mule for $3 and broke it for riding. He sold it for $5 and figured that buying and selling horses must be an easy way to make a living.
Fred bought a corn and cattle farm in 1967. He and his sons built or refurbished the barns, plowing the fields, raising hay and digging all the holes for fence posts while adding horses. Brass Hat paid for many farm improvements; Groupie Doll now carries the load.
But if Groupie Doll is a home-run horse, she also must make up for all the inevitable pop flies and called third strikes.
Groupie Doll has earned $1,047,850 with her 8-for-15 record. She earned $240,000 for winning the Presque Isle Masters and $120,000 in the TCA. That money already is accounted for. If she wins the Breeders' Cup, Buff's sexy idea of how to spend the money is on a new barn.