Bowman's Band, who was bred by John W. Rooker, is a full brother to the dam of millionaire Pollard's Vision and is out of the stakes-winning Pleasant Colony mare Hometown Queen, who placed in three grade I events. Third dam is champion Chris Evert. Donald Litz, president of Maryland Stallion Station, said Bowman's Band figures to be bred to 80-plus mares in 2005.
Millionaire Bowman's Band, who ended his career with a runner-up effort in the Nov. 20 Charles H. Hadry Stakes at Pimlico, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Maryland Stallion Station near Butler, Md. The 6-year-old son of Dixieland Band will stand for a fee of $6,000 for Maryland Stallion Station and Martin S. Schwartz.One of two millionaires under his dam, Bowman's Band won or placed in 18 stakes and earned $1,315,774 in four years of racing for Schwartz. He captured the 2003 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) over Dynever and Volponi and three other stakes. This year, he competed in eight grade I events and placed in four of them, including the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) to Pico Central. His other grade I-placings in 2004 came in the Whitney and Pimlico Special Handicaps and the Woodward Stakes. Overall, he won seven of 34 races.