Two-time defending Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) champion Groupie Doll sold for $3.1 million to lead eight seven-figure prices during Wednesday’s session of the November Breeding Stock Sale. To date, 14 horses have brought $1 million-plus compared to seven during the entire 2012 November Sale.
Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm emerged as the winning bidder for Groupie Doll. The 5-year-old mare by Bowman’s Band out of the winning Deputy Doll, by Silver Deputy, was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect, although Pope said she is likely to be retired. Trackside Farm, agent, consigned her for Fred and Buff Bradley, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns.
“She was gorgeous,” Pope said. “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.’ ”
Grade 1 stakes winner Star Billing (Hip 241), in foal to leading sire Giant’s Causeway, sold for $2.6 million to jumpstart to session’s fireworks. Greg Goodman of Mt. Brilliant Farm bought the 5-year-old daughter of Dynaformer, winner of the 2011 Matriarch (G1) and Senorita (G3). Star Billing is out of the Thunder Gulch mare Topliner, a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winners Stellar Jayne and Starrer. She was consigned by by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.
“(The amount) is a little more than what we thought (she’d bring), but she was our favorite mare in this book,” 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.”
Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings paid $1.8 million for Ask the Moon, a multiple Grade 1 stakes winner in foal to leading sire War Front. By Malibu Moon out of the winning Valid Appeal mare Always Asking, won the 2011 Personal Ensign Invitational (G1) and Ruffian Invitational (G1). She was consigned by Gainesway, agent.
“Pretty mare,” agent John Moynihan, who signed the ticket for Stonestreet, said. (She’s a) Grade 1 winner in foal to a nice stallion, so we’ll take our shot. It was expensive.”
Multiple graded stakes winner Upperline (Hip 262), in foal to War Front, brought $1.75 million. Shannon Potter signed the ticket on behalf of Kiki and Louise Courtelis’ Town and Country Farm. Consigned by Stone Farm, agent, the 6-year-old mare by Maria’s Mon out of the Caerleon mare Snowflake (IRE) won the 2012 Grey Goose Bewitch (G3) and Arlington Matron (G3), and 2010 Arlington Oaks (G3).