Edward P. Evans was honored Sept. 10 as the national breeder of the year of 2009 by the Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (TOBA) at their annual awards dinner at Keeneland on Friday.
According to the Blood-Horse, Evans, owner of Spring Hill Farm near Casanova, Va., is also racing one of the hottest horses in the country. His 4-year-old homebred Quality Road has won four graded stakes in 2010, including the grade I Woodward Stakes Sept. 4 at Saratoga, and also the Metropolitan Handicap Gr. I and Donn Handicap Gr. I.

Spring Hill Farm manager Chris Baker accepted the award, saying Evans first thought he was being honored only as the breeder of the year for Virginia. When Evan realized it was the national award as breeder he asked Baker: “You mean better than Farish and Darley and Juddmonte and Stronach?” Evans then paused and followed up with, “Well, that sounds right.”

“No one is more committed to breeding and raising good horses than Mr. Evans,” Baker said. “And like most people in this business, we’re optimists. We’re enjoying where we are right now but we continue to believe our best days are ahead.”