Edward P. Evans' strong broodmare band at his Spring Hill Farm near Casanova, Va., has gotten stronger with the retirement of four homebred stakes winners. Two of them, 5-year-olds Tap Dance (Pleasant Tap -- Lyrical Prayer, by The Minstrel) and With Ability (A.P. Indy -- Withallprobability, by Mr. Prospector), are graded winners. All four were trained by Mark Hennig.
Tap Dance won the 2001 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) and was stakes-placed four times. She captured five of 24 starts and earned $378,176. She is booked to Elusive Quality.
With Ability won the Sixty Sails (gr. III) and Next Move (gr. III) Handicaps last year and the 2000 Fashion Stakes. All four of her stakes-placings came in graded events. She was retired with seven wins from 19 starts and earnings of $558,124. She is booked to Giant's Causeway.
Unrestrained and Charitabledonation are the other two. Five-year-old Unrestrained (Unbridled -- Minstrella, by The Minstrel) won three stakes among her five wins from 25 starts and earned $281,513. She is booked to Forest Wildcat. Charitabledonation, a 4-year-old daughter of Saint Ballado out of the Seeking the Gold mare In the Will, won two of six races, including the 2002 Christmas Past Stakes, and earned $85,640. She is booked to Mr. Greeley.
All four mares are at either William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., or the farm's Oak Tree division near Lexington.