Champagne Problems Flies Late To Win Groupie Doll Stakes

Brad Stephens, Randy Bloch, John Seiler, Fred Merritr and David Hall’s Champagne Problems showed off a big late kick to win Sunday’s Grade 3 Groupie Doll Stakes at Ellis Park by about four lengths. The 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly, ridden by Calvin Borel for trainer Ian Wilkes, covered a mile over the fast main track in 1:36.74 as the 4-1 third choice.

The 9-5 favorite Sense of Bravery was sharp out of the starting gate to take the lead through early fractions of :23.76 and :46.96, tracked by Jenda’s Agenda, Mines and Magic and Pinch Hit down the backstretch. Champagne Problems was well back early, but really started to roll around the far turn.

Pinch Hit snuck to the inside of Mines and Magic, and that pair came calling at the top of the stretch to take over from Sense of Bravery. In the stretch run, Champagne Problems made up nearly eight lengths to take command and pull away, crossing the wire about four lengths the best. Mines and Magic was able to hold second over Pinch Hit.

Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Champagne Problems was a $270,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. The previously stakes-placed filly has been a consistent runner for her owners, and the Groupie Doll win improves her record to 5-3-4 from 18 starts with earnings of $260,000.

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