Young sire Street Magician has several weanlings in the sale, and two stakes winners on the ground. Photo Heritage Stallions.

Young sire Street Magician is among the seasons offered in the VTA auction. Photo Heritage Stallions.

by Nick Hahn

Perhaps the nation’s oldest stallion season auction breaks from the gate Wednesday morning at the Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA). The renewal of the stallion season auction is a major fundraiser for the VTA.

Post time on bidding for the event is 10:00 a.m. on the first day of the two-day auction with bids from all states welcomed, and bidding continues until 9:00 p.m. EST Wednesday evening.

On Thursday, only the top five bidders on each season are allowed to bid. Bids are taken over the phone only (540-347-4313), so the VTA relies on a lot of help.


“Volunteers for the VTA come out and help us,” expressed Debbie Easter, the Executive Director of the VTA. “We couldn’t do it without them manning the phones and having a lot of fun.”

Most of the available seasons are offered on a “no guarantee” basis, and some do have reserve prices set.

This year’s roster includes 119 stallions from nine nine states including many who raced in Virginia.  That list includes Paddy O’Prado, Court Vision, and Artie Schiller.

The roster includes popular, productive sires like Afleet Alex, Animal Kingdom, Broken Vow, Midnight Lute, and Will Take Charge.  It also includes some of the nation’s leading sires, like Awesome Again, Candy Ride, Ghostzapper, and Giant’s Causeway.

If all that seems  a little rich, there are also numerous seasons available to popular regional stallions.  A dozen Maryland-based stallions, 11 from Pennsylvania, and seven from West Virginia are also on offer.

Click here for the full list of seasons available.

“It’s a large part of the funds to run the association. It would be a very different looking association without it,” said Easter. “It’s a great selection of stallions. I hope we can get folks some quality seasons. Several are sold-out horses where you can’t get other seasons.”

Although bids are only taken by phone, Easter encourages bidders to pre-register which is available on-line now at  Pre-registration is not required but will help once bidding begins.

(Featured image, of Revolutionary, one of the seasons offered, in the Pimlico Special, by Laurie Asseo.)

Nick Hahn has been covering Virginia racing since before there was a racetrack. His “Off to the Races” radio show is a must-listen, and his “Nick’s Picks” tip sheet is a shortcut to wagering profits at Colonial Downs.