04/06/2012 11:27PM

Remembering Wanda

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Twenty five years ago today, a bay filly with a streak down her face took her first breaths near her dam.  The old broodmare was named Obeah, a Jamaican word signifying an evil spirit.  Her newborn daughter would be given a name meant to ward off such spirits.

The filly did not last long on this earth - just 3 1/2 years - but, in that time, she became one of racing's greats. The day she drew her final breath - October 27, 1990, in the cold shadows of the Belmont grandstand - she became an immortal.  

Here are a few photos of the hauntingly beautiful - and timeless - Go for Wand.

Above:  Go for Wand and her regular jockey Randy Romero, after their win in the 1989 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Above:  Go for Wand at Belmont Park in October 1990.

Go for Wand's pedigree, past performances and related information: http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&refno=1127113&registry=T

Go for Wand's championship performance in the 1989 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIk9Q-F8_YA

A special thank you to Go for Wand's biggest fan, Paul O'Brien, for reminding me of the importance of today's date.