02/25/2003 1:00AM

Hadry, trainer, dead at 72


Charles Hadry, a longtime Maryland trainer who trained Private Terms, the 1988 Kentucky Derby favorite, died on Monday at his home in Westminster, Md., of cancer. Hadry was 72.

Hadry had few high-profile horses during his long career, but he was one of the most respected horsemen in Maryland, said one of his longtime owners, Stuart Janney III.

"He was at the track all day, every day, and he had an enormous amount of affection for his horses, and he wasn't scared to lay them up," Janney said. "That manifested itself in their durability."

Hadry's first victory came at Waterford Park in West Virginia in 1955, and he went on to win 993 races from 6,125 starts in his career, for a 16.2 win percentage. Career earnings of the horses he trained were $17.2 million.

Hadry is survived by his wife of 38 years, Connie; two daughters; and three sons.