TCA To Host 'Bid on the Bluegrass' Auction


Memorabilia from likely Derby favorite Essential Quality will be available in the 'Bid on the Bluegrass' auction | Coady

The Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will conduct an online auction called 'Bid on the Bluegrass,' featuring unique, Kentucky Derby-themed items and experiences associated with several of the participants in the 2021 GI Kentucky Derby. All proceeds will benefit the TCA.

In addition to memorabilia from likely Kentucky Derby starters including Essential Quality, Hot Rod Charlie, Like the King, Hidden Stash and Mandaloun, other items include a pair of two framed shoes worn by Alydar, a Secretariat print signed by Penny Tweedy and a framed print of Seattle Slew winning the Derby by Fred Stone.

Unique experiences include an exclusive meet and greet with American Pharoah and Justify at Coolmore America with halters for each horse followed by a bourbon tasting, a VIP meet and greet with Rachel Alexandra and a farm tour at Stonestreet Farm, a private tour at Claiborne Farm, a catered farm tour with a Pinhook Bourbon tasting at Margaux Farm, and the opportunity to join race caller Kurt Becker in the announcer's booth for one race during Keeneland's October 2021 race meet.

The auction also features bourbon-related items including twelve bottles of Bulleit Distilling Company spirits signed by Tom Bulleit, a Four Roses Bourbon gift basket, a Buffalo Trace Distillery gift basket, and a Town Branch Distilling barrel head.

“This online auction will feature a wide array of items with a Kentucky focus,” said Erin Crady executive director of TCA. “We have bourbon-themed items, racing memorabilia, one-of-a-kind experiences, farm tours and so much more. We are very grateful to all of our item donors for making this auction possible.”

Bidding begins Thursday, Apr. 29 at 9 a.m. ET and continues through Saturday, May 1 at 9 p.m. New items will be added until the start of the auction. Click here for a full list of items.

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