04/19/2002 11:00PM

Gygistar cruises in Hallandale


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Gygistar turned in one of the most dominating performances of the Gulfstream Park meet, drawing off to a 10 1/2-length decision over five other 3-year-olds in Saturday's $75,000 Hallandale Beach Handicap. The win gave owner-breeder Edward P. Evans and trainer Mark Hennig their second stakes victory of the afternoon, coming less than an hour after their Raging Fever captured the Bed o' Roses Handicap at Aqueduct.

Gygistar was making his second start on the comeback trail after undergoing surgery for a chipped knee last year. He won his 3-year-old debut here last month despite a very poor start.

Gygistar broke cleanly in the Hallandale Beach, rated off a very fast early pace set by his stablemate Final Table, and easily overtook that rival midway on the turn under jockey Eibar Coa. Juggernaut moved to within striking distance leaving the turn and finished nine lengths clear of Danielles Magic, who took third. The order of finish was completed by All Line, Final Table, and Capture the Silver.

Over a fast track, Gygistar covered seven furlongs in 1:22.28, the second fastest clocking at that distance here this meet, and paid $2.80.

"I wasn't surprised he won, just surprised he won so easily," said Hennig's assistant Rob Rader.

* Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr., who has been sidelined since breaking her right arm shortly after the start of the second race here Feb. 27, broke the same arm again in a training accident at Calder on Saturday.

Homeister, who had won the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes here aboard Ms. Brookski three days before her first injury, will undergo surgery later this week and is expected to miss at least the first two months of the Calder meet, which opens Friday.