01/22/2014 12:18PM

Wando, Canadian Triple Crown winner and sire, dies at 14

Courtesy of Schonberg Farm
Wando, winner of the Canadian Triple Crown in 2003, stood at Schonberg Farm in Ontario before his death on Jan. 22.

Canadian stallion Wando, the most recent winner of his home country’s Triple Crown, died of a suspected heart attack Jan. 22 at Schonberg Farm near Nobleton, Ontario. The son of Langfuhr was 14.

Wando raced as a homebred for Schonberg owner Gustav Schickedanz, who also bred both his sire, winner of the 1996 Sovereign Award as Canada’s champion sprinter; and his dam, Grade 2 winner Kathie’s Colleen. Wando was a Grade 2 winner as a juvenile, and was sent off as the favorite in the following spring’s Queen’s Plate, which he won by nine lengths. He continued on to take the 2003 Prince of Wales Stakes and the Breeders’ Stakes for a sweep of the Triple Crown, making him the seventh horse to win the series.

“As it gets farther away … the longer it gets, it’s actually more impressive to look back at,” Schonberg farm manager Lauri Kenny said of Wando’s Triple Crown sweep last summer. “When you win some big races, especially the Triple Crown, for weeks after, you’ll be walking around, and you’ll just sort of jump in the air. That’s something that’s with you forever.”

At season’s end, Wando earned Sovereign Awards as Canada’s Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt. A stakes winner at age 4, he retired after a brief 5-year-old campaign with 11 wins from 23 starts for earnings of $2,563,038.

Wando entered stud at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., alongside sire Langfuhr, in 2006, but relocated to Schonberg, his birthplace, in 2010. Through Jan. 21, he has sired 70 winners from 100 starters for combined earnings of $5,278,567. Far and away his best runner was late millionaire Turallure, who emerged from his first crop in 2007. The popular gray horse won the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in 2011 before finishing second by a nose to Court Vision in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Turallure was euthanized last November after breaking down while training at Keeneland.

Wando, a full brother to stakes winner Six Sexy Sisters, also sired multiple stakes winner Wando Woman, Grade 1-placed Associate, and multiple stakes-placed winners D’s Wando, Willa Wando, and Wando Redd.

Wando will be buried at Schonberg Farm.