02/17/2009 12:00AM

Coolmore auction to benefit fire victims

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Coolmore Stud in Australia has started a weeklong stallion-season auction to benefit Red Cross efforts for victims of the nation's deadly brushfire. By the end of its first day, the auction had raised $162,500 from bids on seasons to five of Coolmore's stallions in Australia, with the auction to end Feb. 23.