Grade I winner Shared Interest, the nation's "Broodmare of the Year" in 2000, died March 10 as a result of a difficult foaling. She was 17 years of age.
Her resulting filly is by Gone West
Shared Interest, a daughter of Pleasant Colony, raced in the colors of her owner/breeder R.S. Evans. Her racing career spanned three years consisting of 23 starts. Her most prestigious win was the Ruffian (gr. I). She also won the First Flight Handicap (gr. II) and had career earnings of more than $660,000.
Her foal by Storm Cat
topped the 1997 Keeneland July sale for $1.5 million. The colt, later named Forestry
, went on to win the King's Bishop (gr. I) and is now a leading sire.
Her next foal, a filly by Seeking the Gold
, was the top priced filly in the 1998 Keeneland July sale for $1.2 million. Later named Cash Run, she won the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). Cash Run later sold for a world record $7.1 million in the 2003 Keeneland November sale.
These accomplishments earned Shared Interest the award for Owner/Breeder Broodmare of the Year in 2000. Her legacy is carried forward with five additional offspring.
"Shared Interest was one of the great broodmares," said owner/breeder R.S. Evans. "She was the definition of class and is leaving a legacy which will have a lasting impact on the breed. All who were associated with this great mare were honored and privileged. As the late Joe Taylor said, 'She is a once in a generation mare.' We will miss her."
Shared Interest will be buried next to her dam Surgery at Evans' Courtland Farm in Easton, Maryland.