03/12/2005 12:00AM

Top mare Shared Interest dies

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Shared Interest, Broodmare of the Year in 2000 and the dam of Grade 1 winners Cash Run and Forestry, died Thursday in Lexington, Ky., as a result of foaling complications. She was 17.

Her Gone West filly survived.

Owned and bred by Robert Evans, Shared Interest was a Grade 1 winner, having captured the 1993 Ruffian Handicap. She also won the 1992 First Flight Handicap, a Grade 2 event, and the 1991 Burlington Stakes, and she placed in seven other stakes, most notably the Grade 1 Beldame, Shuvee, and Top Flight in 1993 and the John A. Morris in 1992. She built a lifetime race record of 23-10-5-3 and earned $667,610.

Shared Interest produced two major winners in Cash Run, by Seeking the Gold, and Forestry, by Storm Cat. Cash Run, the $1.2 million top-priced filly at Keeneland's 1998 July yearling sale, went on to win the 1999 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Cash Run later sold again, at the 2003 Keeneland November sale, for a world-record mare price of

$7.1 million. Forestry also was a sale-topper when he sold for $1.5 million at the 1997 Keeneland July sale.

Another of Shared Interest's foals, her 2001 Storm Cat colt, failed to reach his reserve on a final bid of $3.8 million at the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale. He died the following year, reportedly after breaking his leg in a stall accident.

"Shared Interest was one of the great broodmares," Evans said in a statement. "She was the definition of class and is leaving a legacy which will have a lasting impact on the breed."

Evans also quoted a favorite saying of the late Joe Taylor, former Gainesway manager whose children founded Taylor Made Farm. "She is a once-in-a-generation mare, and we will miss her."