For the 2011 racing season the Virginia Thoroughbred Association will honor Virginia-bred champions in six flat racing divisions and three of the six winning horses are Grade 1 stakes winners.

Previous winner of the M. Tyson Gilpin Virginia-bred Horse of the Year Award, Winchester is the champion of two divisions while the leading money-earner for 2011, Redeemed, also secured a top prize.

The then six-year-old by Theatrical (IRE), out of Rum Charger (IRE) by Specturm (IRE) made four starts in 2011 earning $349,200 earning both the Older Male and Turf championship honors for Virginia-breds.

Winchester made the first start of this fifth racing season in the $100,000 Stars and Stripes Gr. 3 run off the turf at Arlington Park.  He was second in that race and followed it up with a win in the $500,000 Sword Dance Invitational Gr. 1 at Saratoga.  Winchester  was then fifth in the Turf Classic Gr.1, a race he had won the year prior, and third in the $150,000 W.L. McKnight Gr. 2 at Calder before being retired.

Winchester was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone.


Redeemed, a $50,000 Fasig-Tipton Eastern Fall Yearling from his breeder Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor’s Morgan’s Ford Farm, is the Virginia-bred Three-Year-Old Champion for 2011.

Last season, the colt by Inclusive, out of Early Mass By Pleasant Tap, made seven starts with five wins and two seconds.  Two of those wins came in stakes – the $100,000 Discovery Handicap Gr.3 and the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby.   In addition, he was second to Caleb’s Posse in the $150,000 Amsterdam Gr.2 at Saratoga and the listed $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx.

Redemmed ended his sophomore campaign with $479,040 for the year making him the Virginia-bred with the highest earnings for 2011.

For yet another year, the late Edward P. Evans has bred multiple champions including the Virginia-bred Champion Three-Year-Old filly Buster’s Ready and the Virginia-bred Champion Older Mare Quiet Giant.

After successful racing campaigns in 2011, both were sold at the Spring Hill Farm dispersal at Keeneland in November with Buster’s Ready fetching $2,4 million while a final bid of $3 million secured Quiet Giant.

Buster’s Ready, by More Than Ready, by Beatem Buster by Honour and Glory, earned $332,000 while racing in 2001. She first demonstrated her class by winning a starter allowance at Aqueduct in February by 10 ¾ lengths.  She followed that up with a third in the $60,000 Out Ruled Stakes.


She then followed up an allowance win with a second place finish in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Gr. 2 at Pimlico before returning home to New York to win the $250,000 Mother Goose Gr. 1.

Buster’s Ready finished up her sophomore season with back-to-back fourth place finishes in the Coaching Club American Oaks Gr. 1 and the Cotillion Stakes Gr.2.

Evans’ Quiet Giant earned $308,339 under the familiar Spring Hill black and yellow silks during 2011.  The then four-year-old by Giant’s Causeway, out of Quiet Dance by Quiet American, went to the post six times coming away with four wins and a second.  All four victories were in stakes races.

Like her stablemate Buster’s Ready, Quiet Giant started her year with two stakes wins at Aqueduct capturing the $60,000 Lady On The Run Stakes by three lengths and the $65,000 Rare Treat by nine lengths.

Quiet Giant then ran second in the $100,000 Ladies Handicap (L) prior to shipping to Churchill where she finished sixth in the $400,000 La Troiennne Stakes Gr. 2.

To finish up her season in style, Quiet Giant then went to Monmouth where in back-to-back races she captured the $100,000 Ladies Secret Stakes (L) and the $250,000 Hill ‘N’ Dale Molly Pitcher Stakes Gr.2.


Virginia-bred Her Smile started her career racing for breeder William M. Backer of The Plains.  After winning $86,360 at two and showing promise with a second in the $150,000 Comely Stakes Gr.3, Her Smile was sold to celebrity chef Bobby Flay.

For Flay, the three-year-old by Include, out of Hepburn by Capote, was unplaced in the Kentucky Oaks Gr. 1 before finishing third in the $300,000 Acorn Stakes Gr.1 and winning the $250,000 Prioress Stakes Gr.1.

Her Smile ended her sophomore campaign with at third place finish in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Gr.1 and was sold for $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale shortly thereafter.

The Virginia-bred Champion Over Fences and several other awards for Virginia breeders and horsemen, including the winner of the M. Tyson Gilpin Virginia-bred Horse of the Year, will be announced at a later-time.