VTA to hold stallion season auction Feb. 9-10

The Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s annual stallion season auction is set to take place February 9 and February 10. The auction benefits the VTA’s efforts to support its membership of breeders and owners and to promote the state’s Thoroughbred industry.

More than 100 stallions are currently represented with more being added. The roster includes 14 from Maryland, three from Pennsylvania, and two standing in Virginia. The largest group are the Kentucky stallions.

There’s a wide range of listed stud fees, from the Virginia stallions Friend or Foe and Hollywood Handsome, both of whom stand for $1,000, on the low end, on up to high-end stallions such as Speightstown ($90,000), Candy Ride and Ghostzapper ($75,000 each), and enticing newcomer Authentic ($70,000).

While the listed stud fees are all “stands and nurses,” the seasons offered in the VTA auction will be no-guarantee seasons. The auction is open to people who are members of the VTA and those who are not.

The auction is by phone only. Bidders may call the VTA office to register their bids, with new bids taken only on Feb. 9. Bidding begins that morning at 10:00 a.m. and closes that evening at 8:00 p.m. EST.

The following day will be a “bid-off,” allowing the top five bidders on each stallion that has received bids to continue bidding until a winning bid is arrived at. The bidding on each stallion will close in alphabetical order, with closing times to be announced on Feb. 9.

Some seasons may be available following the auction.

For more information and to see the list of seasons currently available, visit the VTA website.