Updated on 09/17/2011 11:10AM

Wando sweeps!

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Jockey Patrick Husbands holds up three fingers in victory after Wando wins the Breeders' Stakes.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wando became the first Canadian Triple Crown winner in a decade Saturday at Woodbine with a tremendous effort under Patrick Husbands in the $500,000 .

Wando stalked an honest pace set by Parasail, one of three Sam-Son Farm runners in the 1 1/2-mile turf event for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds. Shoal Water, another Sam-Son horse, made a three-wide bid on the backstretch, which forced Wando to go inside of Parsail along the rail on the far turn.

Husbands eased Wando back exiting the turn and wheeled him out into the three-path. Wando then kicked into gear, and overhauled leader Shoal Water in midstretch before drawing clear to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths. Colorful Judgement, the third Sam-Son runner in the eight-horse field, finished 3 1/4 lengths behind Shoal Water in third.

Strizzi, the 5-1 second choice, made a wide move on the far turn before flattening out to end up fourth. He was followed by Parasail, Ballerina's Halo, Tracy's Tonka Toy, and Arco's Gold.

Over firm ground, Wando's final time was 2:28.69. The course record, set by Raintrap in the 1994 Canadian International, was 2:25.60.

Wando has now won eight of 11 starts and has career earnings of $2,274,402.

Wando is the seventh Canadian Triple Crown winner since the series was inaugurated in 1959, and the first since Peteski in 1993. The Canadian Triple Crown also includes two dirt races, the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate at Woodbine and the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.

Winning trainer Mike Keogh, who was an assistant to trainer Roger Attfield when Attfield won back-to-back Triple Crowns with With Approval and Izvestia in 1989-90, said he had a few anxious moments watching the race.

"I was happy with everything going down the backside," Keogh said. "I started to get worried when it looked like he got boxed in a little on the far turn, but he got him out beautifully, and he kicked in down the lane very nicely.

"We'd discussed the fact that Sam-Son was going to try and gang up on us, and [Husbands] did a good job of shutting him down."

Wando returned $3 as the favorite and earned $300,000, along with a $500,000 bonus for sweeping the Triple Crown. Owner Gustav Schickedanz will also receive a $35,000 breeders' award.

Finally Here arrives in Duchess

Finally Here, a Kentucky shipper trained by Tom Amoss, overhauled favored Winter Garden in the stretch to win her stakes debut in Saturday's supporting feature, the Grade 3 Duchess.

Finally Here stalked the pace on the outside under Husbands, as Winter Garden and Littlemiss Sparkle dueled through lively fractions. Finally Here made a three-wide bid on the turn and hit the front at the three-sixteenths pole before edging away to prevail by a half-length.

Winter Garden was disqualified from second to third for drifting in nearing the sixteenth pole and shutting off Miss Crissy, who was placed second. The final time was 1:24.15.

"The race unfolded the way I expected it to," said Husbands. "I was hoping someone would press [Winter Garden], and then I tried to blow by her, because I know she's a very game filly."

Finally Here ($15.20) earned $100,350 of the $177,250 purse for owner Pop a Top LLC.