Much of Evans’ early success as a breeder stemmed from foundation mare Flight Dancer, the dam of Grade 2 stakes winner Misty Gallore who later produced successful sire Silver Ghost,and 1986 champion Irish two-year-old filly Minstrella.
|Minstrella as a broodmare at Spring Hill Farm.|
Minstrella went on to produce 11 winners for Evans including Grade 3 winner Minidar, the dam of A Little Warm who captured the Jim Dandy S. Gr.II and placed in the Pennsylvania Derby Gr.II , Louisiana Derby Gr.II and Hutcheson S. Gr.II.
Honored six times as the breeder of the year in Virginia, Evans was also selected as national breeder of the year by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association in 2009.
Shortly before his death, Evans donated $50 million to fund a new facility for the Yale School of Management at his alma mater, where he graduated in 1964.
“We will miss the man first and the sportsman second,” said Spring Hill manager Chris Baker. “I will miss him personally and the sport will really miss him. He was one of a kind the way he went about his business.”
Funeral services for Evans will be private.