02/04/2004 1:00AM

Withallprobability, daughter die


Edward Evans's Spring Hill Farm near Casanova, Va., suffered a double blow last month with the deaths of Grade 2 winner Withallprobability and her Grade 3-winning daughter With Ability.

Evans said Wednesday that Withallprobability died Jan. 14 at the Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy battle with laminitis. She was 16. The mare's 6-year-old daughter, With Ability, died after fracturing a pastern.

Evans said he sent With Ability to Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Free Union, Va., after a difficult foaling in which she lost her Giant's Causeway foal. Evans said the clinic discovered and attempted surgically to correct a fracture in With Ability's leg, but failed. She died Jan. 31.

Evans raced Withallprobability, a daughter of Mr. Prospector and the Grade 3-winning Northern Dancer mare Sulemeif. Will Farish bred Withallprobability. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Withallprobability won 9 of her 27 starts, including the 1991 Bonnie Miss and Forward Gal Breeders' Cup Stakes, both Grade 2. She earned $643,438.

"She was a great, tough racemare," Evans said. "She was courageous."

With Ability, an A.P. Indy mare trained by Mark Hennig, won the 2002 Sixty Sails and Next Move handicaps, both Grade 3. She retired in 2003 with a career record of 19-7-4-2 and lifetime earnings of $558,124.

In addition to With Ability, Withallprobability also produced Probable Colony, the dam of Grade 1 winner Summer Colony. Withallprobability's last foal was a 2002 A.P. Indy colt named Uncertain.

"It's devastating," Evans said. "Losing Withallprobability was bad enough, but then to lose a 6-year-old mare, too."

Evans said he still has Probable Colony, who is in foal to Stormin Fever and will visit Storm Cat this season.