12/26/2013 12:41PM

TCA to hold annual stallion season auction Jan. 2-4


The Thoroughbred Charities of America will hold its 24th annual stallion season auction from Jan. 2-4. The three-day fundraiser consists of a telephone and online auction culminating with a live select stallion season auction on Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern at the Keeneland entertainment center in Lexington, Ky.

The majority of TCA’s seasons will be offered and sold during the telephone and online auction. Online bidding will open at 9 a.m. Eastern on Jan. 2 and continue through 10 a.m. on Jan. 4. Telephone bids will be accepted on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Approximately 200 seasons representing stallions in 12 states and Canada are available in the auction. A link to the list of seasons and bidder registration information is available by visiting TCA’s website.

Seventeen stallion seasons and a variety of non-season items, including trips, tickets, and products, will be sold during the live select season auction at Keeneland on Saturday. Bidders or their authorized agents may bid on the select seasons by attending the live auction in person or by bidding during the online or telephone phase, with the highest bidders earning the right to bid by phone during the live auction. For bidders that cannot attend the live auction but are interested in non-season items, absentee bidding is available.

The select season auction on Jan. 4 will offer the following seasons: Blame, Broken Vow, Congrats, Distorted Humor, Elusive Quality, Into Mischief (lifetime breeding right), Justin Phillip, Lonhro, Macho Uno, Malibu Moon (live foal), Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Pioneerof the Nile, Point of Entry, Smart Strike, Speightstown, and Tiznow. 

All seasons are sold on a non-guarantee basis except for Malibu Moon, who is sold on a live foal basis. A lifetime breeding right to Into Mischief will be offered. Seasons to Broken Vow, Justin Phillip, Lonhro, and Medaglia d’Oro are sold on an agreement where the breeder is offered a free return to the stallion in 2015 should the mare not get in foal or not produce a live foal, applicable only if the stallion is standing at the same farm in 2015.

The following non-season items are available for bidding during the live auction: a six-day, six-night South African safari; a Horsepower sports package including four tickets to the 2014 Indianapolis 500, the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kentucky Speedway, and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships; a John Deere X304 mower; a ticket package to the 2014 Triple Crown races; equine air transportation aboard a Tex Sutton aircraft; tickets to the 2014 American Music Awards; a shopping weekend in Beverly Hill, Calif., including air transportation, hotel accommodations, and a $1,000 Tiffany gift card; and a 2014 U.S. Open golf package including Trophy Club passes and accommodations.

During the auction, owners and breeders John and Debby Oxley and the Retired Racehorse Training Project will be honored with TCA’s annual Leadership and Industry Service awards.

Stallion season auction sponsors include Brushwood Stable, Adena Springs, Rosenberg Thoroughbred Consulting, PBI Bank, Lael Stable, Candyland Farm, John Deere, Bourbon Lane Stable, Starquine.com, Provations Group, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, L.V. Harkness & Co., and Blood-Horse.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting TCA’s website.