The legacy of the late Edward P. Evans was carried on in a big way when the 2010 Virginia-bred champions were announced by the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, as the runners produced at Evans’ Spring Hill Farm near Casanova dominated the honors.
Evans’ top earner Quality Road was the state’s leading older male after winning three grade I stakes–the Donn Handicap, the Metropolitan Mile, and the Woodward Stakes. Malibu Prayer, who captured the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, was given the older female title.
A Little Warm, another one of Evans’ top earners, won the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga and was runner-up in another graded contest. For his efforts, he received the 3-year-old male title.
Elusive Gift, another Evans homebred, won four races, including two stakes, en route to being named top sprinter. Finally, Curinello, who placed in two stakes and was the highest-rated Virginia-bred male on The Jockey Club’s Experimental Free Handicap, garnered 2-year-old male honors.
Other awards went to Position Limit and In The Rough, who were named 2-year-old and 3-year-old females, respectively. Both fillies are owned by Joe Allbritton’s Lazy Lane Farm.
Winchester, the second-leading Virginia-bred earner in 2010, was named top turf horse. He is a homebred owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bert Firestone.
Mede Cahaba Stable and Stud homebred Class Bopper was the leading steeplechase horse.