Groom Dancer, a Kentucky-bred who developed into a French group I winner and a successful international stallion, died at Cheveley Park Stud near Newmarket, England. The 23-year-old son of Blushing Groom was the first foal from the Lyphard mare Featherhill. He has sired 39 stakes winners.
Bred by Marvin L. Warner and Warnerton Farms, Groom Dancer won eight of 13 races, earned $255,205, and was a French champion 3-year-old for Warner's son, Mark. His big win came in the 1987 Prix Lupin (Fr-I), in which he beat subsequent Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Trempolino. Groom Dancer ran in that year's Ever Ready Epsom Derby (Eng-I), but finished unplaced.
Groom Dancer experienced a busy career at stud. He started at Haras d'Etreham in France, then was sold to Shadai Farm in Japan and also shuttled to New Zealand. He began standing at Cheveley Park in 1999.
Groom Dancer's key stakes winners include French and English champion sprinter Pursuit of Love, 2004 Derby Italiano (It-I) winner Groom Tesse, and French group I winners Lord of Men and Le Balafre.