09/11/2008 11:00PM

Bowman's Band gets stakes winner


After Tropical Storm Hanna dumped two inches of rain in the area and forced Laurel Park's Gin Talking Stakes off the turf on Sept. 6, the sun came out during the running of the race. For Carol Kaye-Garcia, it was almost a sign that the late Jim Glenn was watching.

Splashing through the stretch 6 3/4 lengths in front as the sun beamed off her chestnut coat was Miss Charm City, a 2-year-old Bowman's Band filly bred by Glenn. Trained by Carol's husband Carlos Garcia and owned in the name of Glenn's estate, Miss Charm City scored her second dominating win in as many starts.

A retired wholesale food distributor in Baltimore, Glenn was a longtime client of the Garcias, who own and operate Wellington Park Stud in Woodbine, Md. A man who loved his horses and dogs and constantly gave to charities supporting animal causes, Glenn died this past year at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer.

"It's so frustrating for me," said Kaye-Garcia. "I know how much of a kick he'd have gotten out of this filly. It's such a shame he couldn't hold on to see her."

Glenn boarded his horses, some owned in partnership, at Wellington Park, including Miss Charm City's dam, Pam'ssummerwind. Purchased privately as a young horse and owned solely by Glenn, Pam'ssummerwind was not much of a racehorse, never hitting the board in four starts. When it came time to retire Pam'ssummerwind, Glenn asked Kaye-Garcia to select a stallion to breed to the daughter of Rodeo.

Kaye-Garcia turned to first-year sire Bowman's Band, a son of Dixieland Band standing at Maryland Stallion Station in Glyndon. She considered the sire to have tremendous potential. Even after the graded-stakes-winning millionaire was moved to Lane's End in Kentucky for the 2007 breeding season, Kaye-Garcia continued to send mares to Bowman's Band.

Miss Charm City, the third winner for her sire, won her first start on Aug. 13 at Laurel - by a widening four lengths - three days before Bowman's Band was euthanized in Kentucky following complications from colic surgery. Miss Charm City is her sire's first stakes winner and is being targeted for the Maryland Million Lassie on Oct. 4 at Laurel.

Pam'ssummerwind's value as a broodmare rose even before the birth of Miss Charm City, her first foal. In 2005, the mare's half-sister Celestial Legend (by City Zip) won two stakes at 2, was named Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly, added two more stakes victories the following year, and was graded-stakes-placed, before retiring with 6 wins and earnings of $213,730 from 9 starts.

Glenn and the Garcias (in the name of Kaygar Stable) co-bred Pam'ssummerwind's 2007 foal, a filly by St Averil, but the mare wasn't bred for 2008 due to concerns with Glenn's health. Pam'ssummerwind is in foal to Domestic Dispute.

Miss Charm City is not the first stakes winner bred by Glenn. In partnership with Country Life Farm, Glenn bred Jorgie Stover, a solid local sprinter who earned $344,565 and won or placed in eight stakes. His two stakes wins at 3 included the 2001 Maryland Million Sprint Handicap, but Glenn unfortunately didn't reap the rewards. For most of his career, Jorgie Stover ran for other people after Glenn lost him in the claiming ranks early in his 3-year-old season.

Maryland-breds attract six figures at Keeneland sale

The first six Maryland-bred yearlings through the sales ring at Keeneland over the mammoth September sale's initial four days each attraced a six-figure bid.

The top-priced offering was from the consignment of Dark Hollow Farm, agent. Late on Day 3, the More Than Ready colt out of Kinlin (by Unbridled) was sold for $340,000 to Todd Pletcher as agent. The dark bay colt bred by Dark Hollow Farm is from the family of champion sprinter Rubiano.

Dark Hollow's consignment sold four yearlings for an average of $175,000.

The second-highest priced Maryland-bred was a Smarty Jones filly out of multiple stakes winner and half-million-dollar earner Shashobegon (by Broad Brush) who sold on the first day for $200,000 to Todd Quast, as agent for Goldmark. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the bay filly was bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Richard W. Small, and Robert N. Clay.