Wingsea was auctioned to satisfy her owner's debt to Hilary Boone's Wimbledon Farm, near Lexington. James B. Cody owned the mare, but owed Wimbledon over $20,000 in board bills. He did not answer a lawsuit filed to recover the fees, so the court was authorized to auction Wingsea.Only three bidders attended--Pessin, one other farm owner, and a representative from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Bidding began at $100. The mare could be transferred to Heaven Trees later today.
Wingsea, the dam of millionaire Polar Expedition was sold Wednesday to Dede McGehee for $2,000 in a public auction in Fayette County (Lexington, Ky.) Circuit Court.Trainer Neil Pessin, who did the bidding on behalf of McGehee, said, "If we get a foal out of her, great. If not, she'll have a home for the rest of her life."McGehee, a veterinarian, owns Heaven Trees Farm near Lexington. Wingsea, 21, will join a group of six or eight other older mares already at the farm.