VTA ANNOUNCES 2010 YEAR-END AWARD WINNERS

QUALITY ROAD (G. Petty)

The Virginia Thoroughbred industry was shocked when it learned of the death of leading breeder Edward P. Evans on New Year’s Eve of 2010, but nobody will be surprised by the 2010 Virginia-bred champions which are again dominated by runners produced at Evans’ Spring Hill Farm in Casanova.

In 2010, Evans was yet again the leading producer of Virginia-breds. Powered by Grade 1 winners Quality Road and Malibu Prayer, Evans was represented by 583 starters which won 104 races and a total of $4,884,927.  Evans three top earners were Quality Road ($1,260,000), A Little Warm ($708,000) and Malibu Prayer ($269,500) – all are 2010 Virginia-bred champions.

Add to the list the two-year-old colt Curlinello and the sprint specialist Elusive Gift, and Evans earned the Leading Breeder title plus five championships.

Top earner Quality Road, by Elusive Quality out of Kobla by Strawberry Road,  was named Champion Virginia-bred Older Male after winning three Grade 1 stakes – the $500,000 Donn Handicap, the $500,000 Metropolitan Mile and the $750,000 Woodward Stakes.

POSITION LIMIT (NYRA)

Evans other Grade 1 winner Malibu Prayer, by Malibu Moon out of Grand Pray by Grand Slam, won the $250,000 Ruffian Handicap at Saratoga and has been named Champion Virginia-bred Older Female.

A Little Warm, by Stormin Fever out of Minidar by Alydar, missed the Kentucky Derby as did his stablemate Quality Road the year prior, and rounded into form during the summer which included a win in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes Gr. 2 at Saratoga.  He also finished third beaten a neck in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby Gr. 2.  For his efforts, he has been named Champion Virginia-bred Three-Year-Old Male.

Evan’s homebred Elusive Gift would earn $132,499 in 2010 while winning four races including tow spring stakes at Colonial Downs.  Off of his wins in the $50,000 John D. Marsh Staks and the $50,000 Punch Line Stakes, the gelding by Elusive Quality out of Christmas Gift by Green Dancer would earn the award for Champion Virginia-bred Sprinter.

MALIBU PRAYER (Horsephotos.com/NTRA)

Evan’s final year-end award was earned by Curinello who is the Champion Virginia-bred Two-Year-Old Male.  Curinello, by Smart Strike out of Colonella by Virginia champion and Kentucky Derby winner Pleasant Colony, was the high rated Virginia-bred colt on the Jockey Club’s Experimental Free Handicap.  Curinello won $64,000 from just three starts including seconds in the $100,000 Garden State Stakes and the $70,000 Seton Hall University Stakes, both at Monmouth Park.

Joe Allbritton’s Lazy Lane Farm in Upperville has consistently produced Virginia-bred champions and 2010 was no different.  The two-year-old filly Position Limit and the three-year-old filly In The Rough both earned year-end awards.

Position Limit, by Bellamy Road out of Payable On Demand by Out of Place won both of her starts as a juvenile and was the highest ranked filly from the Commonwealth on the Jockey Club’s Experimental Free Handicap.  After breakingher maden at Belmont Park impressively, Position Limit won the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes Gr. 2 at Saratoga and earned the trophy for Champion Virginia-bred Two-Year-Old Female.

IN THE ROUGH

Lazy Lane-bred In The Rough was named Champion Virginia-bred Three-Year-Old Female after earning $124,775.  By Stormy Atlantic, out of Old Fashion Girl by Arch, the bay filly won the $125,000 Coconult Grove Stakes at Gulfstream Park and finished third in the $150,000 Virginia Oaks Gr. 3 at Colonial Downs.

The second leading Virginia-bred earner in 2010 was Winchester.  A former Virginia-bred Horse Of The Year winner, Winchester, by Theatrical out of Rum Charger (IRE) by =Spectrum (IRE), won $892,080 last year with signature wins in the $500,000 Turf Classic Gr. 1 and the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap Gr. 1.  Bred by Mr. and Mrs. Bert Firestone, Winchester is the Champion Virginia-bred Turf. 

WINCHESTER

Mede Cahaba Stable and Stud, LLC’s homebred Class Bopper added $34,086 to his career earnings of $159,566 which included a win in the $50,000 Zeke Ferguson Memorial Stakes at Colonial Downs.  Mignon C. Smith’s now six-year-old gelding by Bop, out of Class Vim by Class Secret, is the Champion Virginia-bred Over Fences.

The Virginia-bred championship awards will be presented on “Virginia Day,” July 30th at Colonial Downs.