Stallion season auctions are critical for the annual budgets of state breed organizations, and in that sense, the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Stallion Season Auction is no different.

However, the upcoming auction’s reach beyond the Empire State puts the event in a class all its own.

Taking place from Tuesday, Jan. 11 to Thursday, Jan. 13 on the online auction platform, the NYTB’s stallion season auction will donate a percentage of the proceeds from Kentucky-based stallions on offer to the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky to aid in the the recovery efforts from the tornadoes that ravaged the region in December.

Seasons from 49 stallions, and counting, are slated to be on offer during the online auction from New York, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. Proceeds will support the NYTB’s political action committee, the organization’s lobbying arm, which works with New York’s state government to ensure the program’s incentive structure is protected and functional.

“It allows the NYTB to carry our twofold mission of promoting the New York breeding and racing program, and protecting the welfare of the program for industry stakeholders,” said NYTB executive director Najja Thompson. “This is really our one-time fundraising event where it gives us the unique opportunity to be able to offer premium stallions that are no-guarantee seasons, but allow people to get in at a good rate and also do a great thing and support the New York-bred program.”

Six of New York’s top 10 active stallions of 2021 are represented among the offerings, three of which stand at Irish Hill and Dutchess Views Stallions.

War Dancer

The Stillwater, N.Y., farm’s stallions with seasons on offer include dual classic winner Big Brown (#2 on New York’s active sire list in 2021), War Dancer (#5), and Majestic City (#8). The farm will also offer seasons by young stallions King for a Day, Lookin at Lee, Waiting, and Weekend Hideaway.

Sequel New York has three stallions on offer in the auction: Mission Impazible (#6), New York’s leading freshman sire Union Jackson, and Honest Mischief, whose first foals arrive in 2022.

Honest Mischief

Rockridge Stud is represented by six stallions: Slumber (#10), Al Khali, A Shin Forward, Combatant, Disco Partner, and Frank Conversation.

Mill Creek Farm will offer seasons from a trio of stallions, in Killybegs Captain, Sakonnet, and Venezuelan Hug. Waldorf Farm will be represented by young stallions Mr. Monomoy and Son of Thunder, while Questroyal North will offer a season from Courageous Cat (#7) and Oriskany Creek Farm entered a season from Dr Large.

Mr. Monomoy

The auction will also feature seasons from at least 25 Kentucky stallions, with a portion of those proceeds benefitting tornado relief efforts in the southern part of the Bluegrass State.

The Foundation of Appalachian Kentucky is a nationally accredited community foundation in Eastern and Southern Kentucky that awarded nearly $3 million in grants, scholarships, and investments in 2021.

Thompson said the support that Kentucky’s horsemen provide the New York program made it a priority to reciprocate when the state was in need.

“Everybody in the entire country saw the devastation that took place in Western Kentucky, and our industry in New York obviously has a lot of support from Kentucky,” he said. “We work with the We Are NY Horse Racing coalition, and we reached out and made some calls, and were told they were the best group to send support to. We’re all in this together, and whatever support we can lend, we want to make sure we do what we can.”

To view a full list of the seasons on offer, click here.

To register to bid with Wanamaker’s, click here.

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