05/20/2008 11:00PM

Three Wonders, Florida stallion, euthanized

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Three Wonders, a son of Storm Cat who was Florida's leading freshman sire in 2006, was euthanized at Peter Van Rosbeck's Hidden Point Farm near Ocala, Fla., on May 16. He was 11.

The horse had developed spinal problems last fall that deteriorated over time, making him uncoordinated and eventually causing him pain, said Barry Long, manager of Hidden Point, where Three Wonders had been advertised with a $7,500 fee. He was Florida's leading second-crop sire last year by number of winners.

Long said Three Wonders was unable to cover any mares in 2008 but will have about 70 foals in his final crop, born this year. To date, his best runners include stakes winners Calico Bay and Gal Wonder and stakes-placed Pete's Wonder, Wonderous Glory, Five Towns, Flip Away, and Yes He's Best.

Three Wonders, a son of the Woodman mare Wood of Binn, won the Grade 3 Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes in 2000 and finished third in the Mardi Gras Handicap the following year; both were on turf. He amassed a record of three wins from 23 starts and $299,732 in earnings on the racetrack.