Wando Works on Turf for Breeders' Stakes

(from Woodbine notes)
Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales champion Wando was certainly in sync during a Breeders' Stakes workout over Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course on Friday morning.

The Gus Schickedanz-owned star, who has already captured the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, covered six furlongs in 1:14 3/5, breezing, in company with stablemate Wild Strike.

Wild Strike was used as a workmate for Wando, starting five lengths in front of his high profile partner in a special session of turf training over the Taylor course.

"(Wando) worked really nice," said trainer Mike Keogh, of the striking son of Langfuhr, who'll look to become the first horse since Peteski in 1993 to win the Triple Crown on Aug. 9, at the Toronto oval.

"They (Wando and Wild Strike) went a little slow early, but (Wild Strike) was kind of confused being that wide on the turf ('dogs' or rail was way out). But they finished up really well."

Wild Strike, a 5-year-old gelding, covered the six-furlong distance in 1:15 3/5, breezing.

After an initial quarter-mile in :25 2/5, Wando, who will test the turf for the second time in his career in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, galloped out in 1:29 1/5 under jockey Patrick Husbands.

"I really don't have any problems running him (Wando) on the turf," offered Keogh, who watched the chestnut lose by a scant head on the grass to multiple-stakes winner Lismore Knight in last year's Summer Stakes. "The only thing we have to worry about is if he can get the 1 ½ miles (Breeders' distance)."

Husbands liked what he had under him in the work. "It was a beautiful (work), he's ready for the big day. He's fit, he's done it all. It was just a blowout. Mike said just go out and enjoy yourself. The turf is in great shape."