Instead of horses racing or working to make money for people, the Thoroughbred Charities of America works to make money for the benefit of horses. Their approach is “horses helping horses” because the primary money-raising element of the auction is the sale of stallion seasons.
Horse farms and stallion owners — yeah, the millionaires that get a hard time in some quarters — donate the seasons, and the resulting income is then parceled out by TCA to deserving organizations around the country.
And what was once the best party on the Eastern seaboard is now the best one in the Bluegrass.
The TCA is the brainchild of Ellen and Herb Moelis, who formed the organization with such major owners and breeders as Allaire duPont, Elizabeth Moran (Brushwood Farm), Robert Levy, and Bob Manfuso.
Their stallion season auction had raised more than $1 million before the party on Friday night at Keeneland. The top season at the live auction was $150,000 for A.P. Indy, with seasons to Street Cry and Medaglia d’Oro bringing $140,000.
The event is not only about money but about refocusing interest and attention on things that are important to the sport and to the horses that make it all possible. The TCA is a great idea that our sport cannot do without. It is that important.
And for making these wonderful things happen, Herb and Ellen Moelis deserve an Eclipse Award.