Charity to host 27th auction of stallion covers

Tamarkuz: son of Speightstown won the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Charity to host 27th auction of stallion covers By Ollie O'Donoghue 4:39PM 29 DEC 2016

THE Thoroughbred Charities of America will host its largest fundraiser early next month with an auction of select nominations and other items.

The event consists of an online auction on and a live auction.

Most nominations sell during the online auction, however, eight select nominations, as well as other items, will be sold during the live auction.

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Among the stallion nominations on offer in the live auction are covers by California Chrome, Dialed In, Pioneerof The Nile, Medaglia D'Oro, Blame, Malibu Moon, Into Mischief and Speightstown.

California Chrome is the winner of seven Grade 1 races, including an impressive victory in the Dubai World Cup in March by more than three lengths.

Pioneerof The Nile is the sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who also won the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Medaglia D'Oro is the sire of multiple Grade 1-winning mare Songbird, who was narrowly defeated in the Breeders' Cip Distaff, while Speightstown was responsible for this year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile scorer Tamarkuz.

The live auction will take place on Saturday, January 7 at 6.30pm local time, in Lexington, Kentucky.

There are also some familiar names in the online auction including Bullet Train, English Channel, Grey Swallow, Hit It A Bomb, Jess's Dream, Lord Shanakill and Mizzen Mast.

The online auction will open on Monday, January 2, at 9am local time and close on Friday, January 6, at 5pm local time.

Erin Crady, executive director of the TCA, said: “The auction is vital to our organisation as it allows us to make grants to qualified organisations across the country."

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