TCA Auction Grosses $1.7 Million
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The 20th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction raised a gross amount of $1.7 million compared to $1.2 million in 2008. The auction began with a three-day telephone auction and concluded with a live auction Dec. 4 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.

More than 250 people attended the live auction sponsored by Brushwood Stable, Cobra Farm, CandyLand Farm, Lael Stables, and Rosenberg Thoroughbred Consulting while volunteers from Fasig-Tipton were on hand to conduct the auction. 
 
The 20th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction raised a gross amount of $1.7 million compared to $1.2 million in 2008. The auction began with a three-day telephone auction and concluded with a live auction Dec. 4 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.

More than 250 people attended the live auction sponsored by Brushwood Stable, Cobra Farm, CandyLand Farm, Lael Stables, and Rosenberg Thoroughbred Consulting, while volunteers from Fasig-Tipton were on hand to conduct the auction.

The majority of the stallion seasons were sold during the telephone auction, and 28 seasons, including A.P. Indy, Arch  , Bernardini  , Candy Ride  , Distorted Humor  , Dixie Union, Exchange Rate  , Giant's Causeway  , Malibu Moon  , Medaglia D'Oro  , Smart Strike  , Street Cry, Street Sense  , and Tiznow   were included in the live auction.

The highest priced seasons of the evening were no guarantee seasons to Street Cry and Medaglia d’ Oro that sold for $140,000, and a live foal A.P. Indy season that sold for $150,000.

“We would literally not have an auction without the donations of the breeding farms, trainers, and various individuals,” said Erin Crady, who was recently named executive director of TCA. “Some farms stepped up and donated their entire roster (of stallions), while other farms donated the seasons of some of their most popular stallions. We wouldn’t be anywhere without their support, they really made the auction what it was this year.

Herb and Ellen Moelis and the late Allaire duPont were recognized as the founders of TCA. Beverly Strauss and Ginny duPont Suarez of MidAtlantic Horse Rescue were presented with the TCA Industry Service Award.  

“In view of the economic climate I am very pleased and encouraged by the results of this auction,” said TCA president Herb Moelis, who announced his intention to retire at the end of his term in June. “The excellent results of this event give me confidence that TCA and the Thoroughbred industry will come out of this recession stronger than ever.”

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