Wando Begins '04 Campaign With Grass Win
Date Posted: 4/18/2004 7:53:54 PM
Last Updated: 4/18/2004 9:00:02 PM

Wando picks up where he left off in '03 with an easy win at Keeneland.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
(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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