Millionaire Bowman’s Band, who completed his second breeding season at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., was euthanized Aug. 16 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington following complications from colic surgery. A 10-year-old son of Lane’s End stallion Dixieland Band, Bowman’s Band was his sire’s leading earner, with $1,315,774.
Bred in Kentucky by John W. Rooker, Bowman’s Band won or placed in 24 of 34 races for owner Martin S. Schwartz. He was a stakes winner three consecutive years, with his chief win coming in the 2003 Meadowlands Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) while trained by Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens. He placed in 14 stakes, 13 of which were graded, including the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and Metropolitan (gr. I), Oaklawn (gr. I), Pimlico Special (gr. I), and Whitney (gr. I) Handicaps.
Produced from the grade I stakes-placed Pleasant Colony mare Hometown Queen, Bowman’s Band stood his first two years at Maryland Stallion Station near Glyndon, Md., in a joint venture with the farm and Lane’s End. His first foals are 2-year-olds and two of them have won.