EVANS TO BE INDUCTED INTO VIRGINIA EQUINE HALL OF FAME

Recently deceased leading Virginia breeder Edward P. Evans of Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, Virginia will be inducted into the Virginia Equine Hall of Fame during the inaugural Commonwealth Turf Festival on July 30, 2011 at Colonial Downs.  Evans’ father, Thomas Mellon Evans of Buckland Farm fame was inducted in 1993 after a career of breeding the likes of Pleasant Colony who won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

While the younger Evans hasn’t bred a horse that has won a three-year-old classic just yet, he has bred over 100 stakes winners including 2010 graded stakes winners Quality Road (Gr.1), Malibu Prayer (Gr.1) and A Little Warm (Gr.2).


The leading breeder in Virginia for nine of the past eleven years, Evans has bred  over 1,000 foals which have won almost 600 races.  At the time of his death, runners bred by Evans had won over $75 million and  included ten millionaires.

Evans produced 14 Grade 1 winners, 17 Grade 2 winners and 18 Grade 3 stakes winners.  Leading earners produced at the Spring Hill nursery included:  St. Liam – $4,456,995 Quality Road – $2,232,830,  Tokio Perfect – $1,851,322, Gold Mover – $1,523,010, Raging Fever – $1,458,198, Summer Colony – $1,448,930, Itsarahytune – $1,428,216, Fusaichi Auster – $1,303,021, Gygistar – $1,110,385 and Freefourinternet – $1,108,515.