Wando, Canada's Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt following his sweep of the 2003 Triple Crown, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Wando raced as a homebred for Gustav Schickedanz, who stands Wando's sire, Langfuhr
, at Lane's End.
Wando, who captured eight stakes on both dirt and turf, injured a hind suspensory in the May 4 Westchester Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park in what was his final start. "A horse came over on him near the quarter pole and bumped him," said trainer Michael Keogh, who also conditioned Langfuhr and Wando's dam, grade II winner Kathie's Colleen (by Woodman), for Schickedanz.
Trained throughout his career by Keogh, Wando started his Triple Crown quest with a nine-length score in the Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine. He followed up by winning the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie and completed the series with a victory in the Breeders' Stakes on turf at Woodbine. Langfuhr was North America's leading third-crop sire in 2003.
Wando's other stakes wins include the Vandal Stakes as a 2-year-old in 2002 in his second start and that year's Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-II). Wando retired with 11 wins and four placings from 23 starts and earnings of $2,563,038.
Wando is a full brother to stakes winner Six Sexy Sisters. His fee will be announced at a later date.