Fools in Love, the dam of group 2 winner Seahenge, was knocked down for $1 million to Cheveley Park Stud, the highest price early during the Nov. 9 third session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Consigned by Lane's End, the 11-year-old daughter of Not For Love sold barren on a cover to Speightstown .
After a protracted bidding duel that at one point had multiple bid spotters covering multiple buyers, Cheveley Park Stud emerged victorious.
"We're here to buy some special pedigrees and special mares," said Chris Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud. "She's a proven producer and has good connections to the U.K. To whom she'll be bred to, we're not sure."
"I think that was a very full price (for not being in foal). It's nice to buy mares in foal, but she's a foundation mare and she has plenty of years ahead of her. We can cover her early next year," Richardson said.
Her first foal is the grade 3-placed Urban Bourbon (by City Zip), and her second foal is stakes-placed Frank's Folly (by Mineshaft ). Her third foal, Seahenge (by Scat Daddy) is the "obvious connection" as far as Richardson is concerned.
On Sept. 16 Seahenge won Doncaster's Howcraft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes (G2) and later ran third at Newmarket behind U S Navy Flag and Mendolssohn in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes (G1).