Grade I Winner Stephen Got Even, Other Hilbert-Owned Horses to be Auctioned
by Deirdre B. Biles
Date Posted: 1/14/2002 1:57:22 PM
Last Updated: 1/15/2002 4:14:47 PM

Donn Handicap winner Stephen Got Even, will be auctioned next month.
Stephen and Tomisue Hilbert will disperse 25 horses they own at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale on Feb. 11 in Lexington, Ky.

William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm will handle the consignment, which will include the stallion Stephen Got Even, winner of the 2000 Donn Handicap (gr. I); Tomisue's Delight, winner of the 1997 Ruffian (gr. I) and 1998 Personal Ensign (gr. I) Handicaps; and Roberto's Gal, the dam of 1998 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner Lucky Roberto.

Stephen Got Even stood his first season at stud last year at Lane's End for a $20,000 live foal fee.

"We have had an opportunity to inspect the group, and the horses are of a very high order physically," said Terence Collier, Fasig-Tipton's senior sales announcer and director of marketing. "We are delighted with the quality of the yearlings a whole."

Stephen Hilbert is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Conseco Inc., an insurance conglomerate and investment firm. He co-founded the company in 1982, developed it into a Fortune 500 business, and invested most of his personal wealth in its stock. However, in 1999 and 2000, Conseco's stock collapsed, eroding shareholders' confidence in Hilbert. He resigned from his positions in April of 2000.

Introduced to Thoroughbred racing by Farish, Hilbert started buying yearlings in 1995 at the Keeneland July yearling sale. While he was at Conseco, the company acquired a 10% interest in Hoosier Park and became a limited partner in the Indiana track. Late last year, Centaur Racing acquired Conseco's interest in Hoosier

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