Iowa Online Stallion Season Auction Begins Dec. 5

itobalogoBreeding seasons to more than 180 stallions from 16 states will be up for bid in an online auction for the ITBOA Stallion Stakes from Dec. 5-12.

The auction is sponsored by the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association. The proceeds will fund three stakes races for all 2017 offspring of stallions whose seasons are sold at this auction: The 2019 Iowa Stallion Futurity and two 2020 races for 3-year-olds, one for colts and one for fillies.

Since 2008, the Stallion Futurity and Stallion Stakes have each averaged more than $90,000 in purses. 2015 was the first time the program offered a race for 3-year-old fillies. The three races in 2015 had total purses of $207,375.

A $5,000 bonus will be paid to the winner of any of the three races if the foal is conceived from a breeding season purchased at the auction.

“Frequently, you might get the stallion for a lesser price than you normally get,” said Deb Leech, president of the ITBOA. “If I live in Oklahoma and there’s an Oklahoma stallion I want to breed to, I may get him for less than I’d get breeding to him in another way.”

Forty-Six of the stallions stand for advertised fees of $5,000 or more, with the highest being Shackleford ($20,000), Mucho Macho Man ($15,000), Tale of Ekati ($15,000), To Honor and Serve ($15,000), Artie Schiller ($10,000), Drosselmeyer ($10,000), James Street ($10,000), Jersey Town ($10,000), Morning Line ($10,000), Mr. Speaker ($10,000), Overanalyze ($10,000) and Sidney’s Candy ($10,000).

Since going to an online auction in 2010, the proceeds have jumped from $50,000 in 2009 to $194,884 in 2014.

“It’s really made a huge difference for us,” Leech said. “Since we’ve gone online, it’s really bumped up the totals.”

Stallion donations are still being accepted. A $5,000 bonus will also be paid to the stallion donor of the winning horse in each race. Congratulations to Darley, Diamond G Ranch & Swifty Farms on being the 2015 Stallion Incentive Bonus winners of $5,000 each. Their stallion’s foals, Esperanza by Rockport Harbor, Bad Moon by Tactical Cat and Cornfed by Pass Rush won the ITBOA Stallion Stakes Races.

This Stallion Auction is the ONLY one where the stallion owner has a chance to receive $15,000 just by donating one season.

The auction does not require bidders to manually increase bids. They can enter a maximum bid and it will automatically increase marginally until the maximum is surpassed.

The auction closes at 7 p.m. central time Saturday, Dec. 12. Click here to access the auction.