05/12/2005 12:00AM

Wando retired with injury


Wando, winner of the Canadian Triple Crown and Canada's Horse of the Year in 2003, has been retired, trainer Mike Keogh announced Thursday.

"He has a slight tear in his left hind suspensory," said Keogh, who believes Wando suffered the injury during his most recent start, the Westchester Handicap at Belmont on May 4.

After conferring with veterinarians, Keogh contacted owner Gustav Schickedanz on Thursday and recommended that Wando be retired.

, a 5-year-old horse by Langfuhr out of Kathie's Colleen, won the Vandal and the Grade 2 Grey at Woodbine at age 2. After running second in the Achievement to begin his 3-year-old campaign in 2003, Wando went on a five-race tear that included the Canadian Triple Crown of the Queen's Plate, Prince of Wales, and Breeders' Stakes. Wando earned more than $2 million during that campaign.

At 4, Wando added a victory in the Mt. Sassafras. He retires with a record of 11-2-2 from 23 starts and earnings of $2,566,060.