Thoroughbred Charities of America completed the first phase of its annual Stallion Season and Sporting Art Auction on Dec. 7, with results pointing toward a new record. Initial tallies put the gross to nearly $1.3 million for this first phase. Nearly 400 people attended the gala event at Candyland Farm in Middletown, Del. with another 100 attendees at Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington, where an audio feed of the live auction was held.
"We are extremely pleased and gratified that we have reached this level again," said TCA president Herb Moelis. "Given the state of our world, it is gratifying that people in our industry have stepped up to support TCA's efforts."
The Western division of TCA will conduct its telephone auction of seasons Dec. 12-15. Information on that phase can be viewed on the TCA Web site, www.thoroughbredcharities.org .
The evening began with a tribute to Betty Moran, owner of Brushwood Stable, for her profound support and contributions toward promoting the well being of the horse. She was honored by TCA with the Allaire duPont humanitarian award and simultaneously by University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center with its Bellweather Award.
Topping the seasons sold were those to Distorted Humor, Dixieland Band, and Unbridled's Song. In the art category, a pencil study of a jockey by Andre Pater fetched $12,000 and a bronze by Jan Woods sold for $5,700.
Funds raised by TCA go toward grants to organizations that support rescue, retirement, and research for Thoroughbreds and toward programs that help the people that work in the Thoroughbred industry.