08/03/2011 3:54PM

Quality Road honored as Virginia's best


Quality Road led honorees as the Virginia Thoroughbred Association named its statebred champions on July 30.

Quality Road, a homebred campaigned by the late Edward P. “Ned” Evans, was named the VTA’s Horse of the Year for 2010 and its champion older male. Evans and his farm, Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, Va., also swept honors. Evans was inducted into the Virginia Equine Hall of Fame and also was leading Virginia breeder with $3,617,508 in Virginia-bred earnings. Other Evans-bred award winners were Curlinello, champion juvenile male; Elusive Gift, sprinter; A Little Warm, 3-year-old male; and Malibu Prayer, older mare.

Edwards’s farm manager, Chris Baker, also took home the VTA’s Award of Merit.

In other awards, Position Limit was named champion juvenile filly, In the Rough received the 3-year-old filly championship, Winchester picked up the champion turf horse award, and Class Bopper was named champion Virginia-bred over fences.