Field coming together for Cigar Mile

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Updated: November 22, 2013

Ozone Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – A highly competitive field, including
champion sprinter Groupie Doll, is coming together for the $500,000 Cigar Mile
at Aqueduct on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Groupie Doll, recently bought by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm, will attempt
to avenge last year’s nose defeat to Stay Thirsty in the main track event.
Trained by Buff Bradley, the 5-year-old mare is coming off her second straight
victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

“Obviously, she won $2.4 million, she’s a champion, maybe a champion two years
in a row,” Pope said when she bought the mare. “She’s elegant. She was calm
and cool, nothing ever ruffled a feather whatsoever with her. She just sits
there royally and regally taking everything in stride ”

Expected to join Groupie Doll in the Cigar are Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner
Goldencents and stablemate Private Zone, winner of the Vosburgh at Belmont
Park on Sept. 28; King’s Bishop winner Capo Bastone, Wood Memorial and
Haskell champ Verrazano and Forty Tales, all trained by Todd Pletcher;
Woodward winner Alpha; Bold Ruler Handicap champ Clearly Now; and Suburban
Handicap winner Flat Out. Saratoga Snacks, winner of the Empire Classic, is
possible.

Any previous Grade 1 winner who competes in the Cigar Mile will race for a
gross purse of $750,000. Should a winner of any Breeders’ Cup race from any
year take part, he or she would be running for a purse of $1 million.