Edward P. Evans has been in the headlines recently as horses he bred were frequently mentioned throughout this spring’s Triple Crown. But in Virginia, Evans, his Spring Hill Farm and his formidable stable of horses are successful year after year with 2008 being no different.

For the 2008 racing season, Evans bred five Virginia-bred champions and the earners of $3,300,699 including the stakes winner Fusaichi Auster ($464,981, Japan), and the Virginia-bred champions Charitable Man ($187,200), Warning Zone ($186,980), Ghost Dancing ($110,882), Dance Hall Days and Casanova Move.

Evans’ Charitable Man (above left), by Lemon Drop Kid, out of Charitabledonation by Saint Ballado, was named Champion Virginia-bred Two-Year-Old Males. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin for owners Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Jr. of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Charitable Man broke his maiden at first asking at Saratoga by an impressive 11 ½ lengths before winning the $250,000 Belmont Futurity Stakes Gr.2 in September.

Charitable Man was a $200,000 Keeneland September yearling.

Evans’ home-bred Casanova Move (above right) was named Champion Virginia-bred Two-Year-Old Filly after placing third in the $65,000 Love Affair Stakes at Aqueduct and being ranked the highest rated Virginia-bred filly on the Jockey Club’s Experimental Free Handicap.

Casanova Move is by Langfuhr, out of Casanova Junction by Pleasant Colony.

The Evans-bred filly Dance Hall Days (left), by Seeking Daylight out of Dance Move by Capote, was named the Champion Virginia-bred Three-Year-Old Filly. Dance Hall Days won back-to-back races last summer capturing an allowance race at Monmouth by 5 ¾ lengths before scoring in the $70,000 Serena’s Song Stakes also at the New Jersey track.

Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s homebred Winchester was honored as the Champion Virginia-bred Three-Year-Old Male after returning to the United States from Ireland. Prior to returning stateside, the Theatrical colt finished second in the Nolan & Brophy Auctioneers Silver Stakes at the Curragh.

Here in the U.S., Winchester, out of =Rum Charger (IRE) by =Spectrum (IRE), won the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes, Gr.1 at Arlington Park to secure year-end honors.

Brooke and Lindsley Royster of Chance Farm in Gordonsville, VA bred Sir Whimsey who was named the Champion Virginia-bred Older Male. Sir Whimsey, by Jump Start, out of Apogee by Star De Naskra won $287,834 from six starts including a victory in the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Sir Whimsey, who was a $55,000 Keeneland September yearling also finished third in the $250,000 Pimlico Special Gr.1 and the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes Gr.3 at Keeneland for owners Turtle Bird Stable.

Debbie Sue, by Citidancer, out of Privateers Bay by Allen’s Prospect earned her second Virginia-bred championship when she was named Champion Virginia-bred Older Mare. Debbie Sue won the same award in 2006.

Owned by Fred and Deborah Greene and trained by Ham Smith, Debbie Sue won $108,620 in 2008 upping her career earnings to $400,265 at year’s end. She won the $60,000 Brookmeade Stakes-R at Colonial Downs and then finished second in the $200,000 Maryland Million Ladies Stakes-R.

Two more Evans-breds also earned year-end honors – the four-year old mare Ghost Dancing was named Champion Virginia-bred Sprinter and the four-year-old horse Warning Zone the Champion Virginia-bred Turf. Both raced in Evans’ yellow and black silks.

Ghost Dancing won the three races in a row from April to June and finished second in two others. By Silver Ghost out of Ransom Dance by Red Ransom, Ghost Dancing won an allowance race at Delaware and then another one at Monmouth Park. Both races were six furlong sprints. In June, Ghost Dancing won the $60,000 Oakley Stakes-R at Colonial Downs going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf.

The turf is the place where Evans’ Warning Zone is the happiest as well. The Chester House horse won the Sunset Handicap Gr.2 at Hollywood Park in July. Previous to that, he was second in the San Juan Capistrano Invitational Gr.2 and third in the San Luis Rey Handicap Gr.2 both on the turf at Santa Anita.

Warning Zone who is out of the Storm Bird mare Migrate, finished the season with $186,980 in earning for the year and career earnings of $341,310.

Finally, not only did Mignon Smith’s Mede Cahaba Stable and Stud LLC produce the Champion Virginia-bred Over Fences, but the decision came down to a race between three of her runners. Smith’s jumpers Class Shadow, Class Bopper and Class Real Rock – all stakes winners. Class Shadow won out based on three wins including a stakes win against tough competition.

Class Shadow, by Rock Point out of Class Eclipse by Class Secret won a $20,000 maiden hurdle at the Carolina Cup and followed that up with a $25,000 allowance win at Foxfield. The four-year-old mare ended her campaign in 2008 win a win in the $50,000 Peapack Sport of Queens Filly and Mare Hurdle Stakes. For the year, she earned $74,978.