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Champion Groupie Doll sells for $3.1 million at Keeneland

Co-owner and trainer Buff Bradley posed one more time with his champion Groupie Doll... (Keeneland Photos)

GROUPIE DOLL (Bowman's Band), who likely secured a second consecutive Eclipse Award as the nation's champion female sprinter with a victory last Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita, was acquired by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $3.1 million at Wednesday's second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

A five-year-old racing or broodmare prospect, Groupie Doll was offered as Hip No. 350 by Trackside Farm (Tom Evans), agent for owners Fred Bradley, Buff Bradley, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns.

In addition to back-to-back wins in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Groupie Doll also boasts victories in the Humana Distaff (G1), Madison S. (G1), two editions of the Presque Isle Downs Masters S. (G2), Thoroughbred Club of America S. (G2) and Gardenia S. (G3). She was also a nose second versus males in last year's Cigar Mile H. (G1).

Previously trained by co-owner Buff Bradley, Groupie Doll's record presently stands at 21-11-4-4, $2,478,850. She was produced by the winning Deputy Doll (Silver Deputy) and hails from the family of Grade 1 winner Rootentootenwooten (Diesis).

Groupie Doll's fourth dam is Floral Park (*Alibhai), a stakes-winning half-sister to the dam of Hall of Famer Gallant Bloom (*Gallant Man) as well as a full sister to Delaware H. and Ladies H. queen Flower Bowl, who is famous for producing Graustark (*Ribot) and His Majesty (*Ribot).

...before she proceeded to sell for a session-topping $3.1 million at Keeneland November (Keeneland Photos)

"She was gorgeous," said Pope, who is likely to retire the mare. "Obviously, she won $2.4 million, she's a champion, maybe a champion two years in a row. 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 like, 'OK, I'm here. I'm cool.'"

STAR BILLING (Dynaformer), a Grade 1-winning five-year-old in foal to Giant's Causeway on a May 22 cover, brought $2.6 million from Mt. Brilliant Farm. Offered by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent, she toured the ring as Hip 241

Heroine of the 2011 editions of the Matriarch S. (G1) and Senorita S. (G3), Star Billing also placed in the Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1), Del Mar Oaks (G1) and American Oaks (G1), and concluded her career with a mark of 12-3-3-1, $415,067. She was produced by Topliner (Thunder Gulch), an unraced half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winners Stellar Jayne (Wild Rush) and Starrer (Dynaformer).

"(The amount) is a little more than what we thought (she'd bring), but she was our favorite mare in this book," Mt. Brilliant's Greg Goodman said. "We held off on some yesterday that we were bidding on because we wanted this one. Of every mare in Book 1 this is the one we wanted. We think we did all right."

Multiple Grade 1 winner ASK THE MOON (Malibu Moon), in foal to War Front on a May 15 cover, was gaveled down to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings for $1.8 million. Hip 288 was consigned by Gainesway, agent.

The eight-year-old, who has reared a weanling Unbridled's Song filly, compiled a record of 34-10-5-7, $713,640. Among her four stakes wins were the 2011 editions of the Personal Ensign S. (G1) and Ruffian H. (G1). Ask the Moon was produced by the winning Always Asking (Valid Appeal).

This was the fourth trip through the sales ring for Ask the Moon, who most recently brought $800,000 at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale two years ago.

Upperline brought a more than respectable $1.75 million (Keeneland Photos)

UPPERLINE (Maria's Mon), a multiple Grade 3 winner in foal to War Front on an April 11 cover, was purchased by Town and Country Farms for $1.75 million. The six-year-old was offered by Stone Farm, agent, and sported Hip 262.

The seven-time stakes winner registered Grade 3 scores in the Bewitch S., Arlington Matron S. and Arlington Oaks. Also placed in the Spinster S. (G1), she completed her career with a record of 25-9-5-4, $772,988.

Reared by the Group 1-placed Snowflake (Caerleon), Upperline counts as a half-sister the multiple stakes-winning Snow Fall (War Front). Upperline's second dam is Italian Oaks (Ity-G1) winner Ivyanna (Reference Point).

Grade 2 queen ARENA ELVIRA (Ghostzapper) sold to Audley Farm Equine for $1.5 million. The six-year-old, offered in foal to Tapit on an April 3 cover, toured the ring as Hip 285 from the consignment of Belvedere Farm (Marty Takacs), agent.

A six-time stakes winner, Arena Elvira registered graded triumphs in the 2011 runnings of the Falls City H. (G2) and Turnback the Alarm H. (G3). She was retired following a win in the January 1 Ladies H. at Aqueduct with a record of 17-9-3-3, $497,396.

Arena Elvira is the first stakes winner produced by millionaire Two Item Limit (Twining), who captured the Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2), Demoiselle S. (G2), Comely S. (G3), and Tempted S. (G3).

This was the third time through the sales ring for Arena Elvira, who most recently brought $210,000 as an OBS March juvenile in training.

Shadai Farm secured the seven-year-old ZEALOUS CAT (Storm Cat) for $1.3 million. Mated to Tapit and Bernardini, with a last service of May 22, she was offered by Hill 'n' Dale as Hip 272.

The winning Zealous Cat's first registered foal was Tapicat (Tapit), who landed this year's Florida Oaks (G3) and later placed in the Lake George S. (G2) and the October 14 Pebbles S. Her record presently stands at 7-3-1-2, $184,100. Zealous Cat subsequently reared a juvenile full sister and yearling full brother to Tapicat, and a weanling filly by Candy Ride.

Zealous Cat is already a proven graded producer (Keeneland Photos)

Zealous Cat counts as a second dam the 1982 champion older mare Track Robbery (No Robbery), who in turn produced multiple Grade 3 winner Train Robbery (Alydar). The latter is the dam of 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) hero Cat Thief (Storm Cat), an earner of more than $3.9 million.

Now a four-time veteran of the sales ring, Zealous Cat most recently brought $350,000 at the 2012 Keeneland January sale.

Also selling for $1.3 million was the Grade 1-winning DAISY DEVINE (Kafwain), who was gaveled down to the Niarchos family's Flaxman Holdings. Brandishing Hip 321, the five-year-old was offered as racing or broodmare prospect by Eaton Sales, agent.

Earning her signature win in the 2012 Jenny Wiley S. (G1), Daisy Devine won seven other stakes including the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), Valley View S. (G3) and Cardinal H. (G3). She was most recently third in the October 5 First Lady S. (G1) at Keeneland, and possesses a mark of 22-10-4-3, $1,095,892.

A half-sister to stakes winner Patent Pending (Conquistador Cielo), Daisy Devine was produced by Devil's Dispute (Devil's Bag), who is herself a half-sister to Grade 1-winning producer Banker's Lady (Nijinsky II) and Grade 3 victor Idabel (Mr. Prospector). All were reared by Grade 2 vixen Impetuous Gal (Briartic).

Daisy Devine previously sold for a mere $5,500 as a Keeneland September yearling.

ZOFTIG (Cozzene), the 16-year-old dam of Grade 1 winners Zaftig (Gone West) and Zo Impressive (Hard Spun), was sold to Stephen Hillen for $1 million. In foal with a full sibling to Zo Impressive on a March 17 cover, the gray was offered as Hip 273 by Warrendale Sales, agent for Live Oak Stud.

A Grade 1-winning earner of $401,024, Zoftig is responsible for 2008 Acorn S. (G1) winner Zaftig and the 2012 Mother Goose S. (G1) winner Zo Impressive, both earners of more than $400,000. Zoftig, a daughter of Mrs. Marcos (Private Account), is also the second dam of Racing Post Trophy (Eng-G1) runner-up Zip Top (Smart Strike).

Zoftig's most recent offspring include the unraced juvenile filly Zo Sophisticated (Street Cry) and a weanling filly by Smart Strike.

Business continued its upward push at the end of trading Wednesday, with 129 horses selling for $44,277,000, a rise of 30.8 percent over the corresponding session in 2012 when 109 horses sold for $33,840,000. The session average increased 10.6 percent, from $310,450 to $343,233, while the median was up 10 percent, from $200,000 to $220,000.

After two days, 242 horses have sold for $86,532,000, an increase of 40.7 percent over last year when 209 brought $61,505,000. The average has jumped 21.5 percent, from $294,282 to $357,570, while the median has risen 37.5 percent, from $160,000 to $220,000.

The sale continues daily through November 14 with sessions beginning each day at 10 a.m. (EST).

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