Grade I winner Gygistar has been established as likely favorite against nine others in the $100,000 Charles H. Hadry Stakes, one of five stakes on the undercard at Pimlico Saturday where the featured race is the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorail Dash (gr. I).
A 5-year-old son of Prospector's Music
, Gygistar has faced graded company all year at distances ranging from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. Trained by Mark Hennig for breeder-owner Edward P. Evans, Gygistar was one win, in the Westchster Handicap (gr. III), from 11 starts this year.
Gygistar, Bowman's Band, and Lusty Latin the highweights at 124 pounds.
Bowman's Band, a winner of nearly $1.3 million who will make the final start of his career in the Hadry Stakes, Bowman's Band will stand at the Maryland Stallion Station in Baltimore County. Like Gygistar, Bowman's Band has made 11 starts this year, but has no victories to his credit. He has, however, finished second twice and was third on seven occasions.
The field for the Charles H. Hadry Stakes, with jockeys and weight:
1 -- Gygistar, Jerry Bailey, 124
2 -- Deer Run, Abel Castellano Jr., 119
3 -- Torch the Halls, J. Santana, 117
4 -- Honorable Man, Ryan Fogelsonger, 117
5 -- Irish Colony, S. D. Hamilton, 117
6 (a) -- Lusty Latin, Jerome Beasley, 124
7 -- Bowman's Band, Ramon Dominquez, 124
8 -- Seven Talents, no rider, 117
9 (a) -- Last Intention, Jerome Beasley, 119
10 -- Ouagadougou, H. A. Karamands, 117