The Jayland Trotting Association will hold its annual public auction for everything harness racing beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland, Ind. The event includes all type of equipment plus a breeding to new Indiana sire Bautista, standing at the Schwartz Breeding Farm in Berne, Ind.
The auction will be held in the Bubp Hall building, located directly behind the grandstand. Consignments will be accepted from 4 – 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, then again the morning of the sale prior to start time. Greg Runyon is the sale manager for the event.
New this season is a breeding donated by Schwartz Breeding Farm. New sire, Bautista, who took a mark of 1:52.1 during his career and made more than $353,000, will be featured for the breeding to be auctioned off. The trotting stallion, who is now standing at Alvin Schwartz’s farm in Berne, Ind., is by Muscle Hill and stands for a fee of $3,000. Bautista completed his racing career last season and scored 25 career wins, racing mainly on the East Coast at The Meadowlands, Harrah’s Philadelphia, and Pocono Downs. He started off under the direction of Hall of Fame Trainer Jimmy Takter and competed in several of the Grand Circuit stakes as a two-year-old. He is from the family of the great World Champion Armbro Fern, who serves as the third dam of Bautista.
Loy Auction and Real Estate will conduct the auction. Gary Loy, Travis Theurer, and Aaron Loy will provide the bidding process for those in attendance. Lunch will be available in the heated building with plenty of seating. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the maintenance of the racetrack at the Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland.
For more information on the Jayland Trotting Association Public Auction, contact Greg Runyon at (260) 251-1933.