Wando Begins '04 Campaign With Grass Win

Wando Begins '04 Campaign With Grass Win
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Wando picks up where he left off in '03 with an easy win at Keeneland.
(from Woodbine report)
Wando, Canada's 2003 Horse of the Year and Triple Crown champion, defeated seven turf rivals in his first start as a 4-year-old at Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky on Sunday.

U.S.-based rider Edgar Prado was in the irons for the 1 1/16-mile tilt, a $67,000 allowance race run over a "firm" turf. The final time for the three-quarters of a length victory was 1:41.84.

Woodbine regular Patrick Husbands was scheduled to ride Wando, but did not arrive in Lexington in time.

"He ran huge," said trainer Mike Keogh, of his high-profile charge. "Edgar had a ton of horse. Wando was more or less dragging him around there."

Owned by Gus Schickedanz, the chestnut won five races and recorded seven top-three finishes from eight starts last season.

The colt went into this weekend's race with $2,379,700 in career earnings. He paid $7.40 for the victory as the second choice. Favored Miesque's Approval finished second, while longshot Pisces rallied for third.

Shoal Water, owned by Sam-Son Farm, also contested the two-turn event, finishing fifth.

(Chart, Equibase)

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