Groupie Doll wins Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Jockey Rajiv Maragh celebrates atop Groupie Doll after winning the Filly & Mare Sprint during the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California
The five-year-old mare, trained by William "Buff" Bradley and ridden by Rajiv Maragh, didn't display the same dominance she showed in a 4 1/2-length victory on the same track last year.
But her late run around the turn for home saw her cross the line half a length in front Judy the Beauty in the seven-furlong race.
Judy the Beauty had Luis Saez in the irons in place of John Velazquez, who was injured when his horse broke down in an earlier race, and took second, half a length in front of Dance Card.
Groupie Doll, last year's 7-10 favorite, went off at 3-1. Her time of 1:20.75 was a hair off her 2012 winning time of 1:20.72.
Groupie Doll is one of eight 2012 Breeders' Cup champions in action again this weekend, including Fort Larned in the $5 million Classic.