Champion, Influential Mare Chris Evert Dies at Age 30

Release from Three Chimneys Farm
Hall of Fame mare Chris Evert was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age Monday at the age of 30. The Filly Triple Crown winner, who was the champion 3-year-old filly of 1974 and leading money winner of that year, will be buried at Three Chimneys Farm, where she lived the last 10 years.

Chris Evert was purchased by Carl Rosen as a yearling for $32,000, named for the tennis star who wore Rosen's sportswear fashions, and owned the rest of her life by Rosen, and then his family. She won 10 of 15 career starts and was unplaced only one time, earning $679,479. Besides winning the New York Filly Triple Crown (the Acorn, the Mother Goose and the Coaching Club American Oaks), she won the world's richest match race in July of 1974 – a $350,000 "winner take all" event at Hollywood Park, which she won by 50 lengths over Miss Musket. She was bred by Echo Valley Farm and trained by Joe Trovato.

Chris Evert was pensioned in 1990, after producing just five foals, but she was an influential broodmare in addition to her stellar racing career. Chris Evert was the dam of two stakes winners -- Six Crowns and Wimbledon Star -- and one stakes placed filly, Tournament Star.

All five of her daughters became the dam or granddam of stakes winners, most notable of which was Six Crowns (so named because she was by Triple Crown winner Secretariat, and out of Filly Triple Crown winner Chris Evert), who was the dam of champion and millionaire Chief's Crown.

She is the eighth mare to be buried in the Three Chimneys Farm broodmare cemetery, which includes Bold Example, Dancing Tribute, Danseuse Etoile, Little Baby Bear, Royal Folly, and Virunga.