09/05/2002 11:00PM

Wando tries turf plus invaders


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wando will test his skills on the grass while facing United Stakes shippers Lismore Knight and My Boy Kyle in Sunday's Grade 2 Summer Stakes, a supporting feature on Atto Mile Day at Woodbine.

A field of 12 2-year-olds was drawn for the one-mile turf race, worth $291,250. Stroll, who might have been the favorite, was reported sick on Friday, and didn't make the trip from New York.

Wando is unbeaten in two dirt starts for Mike Keogh, who also trained his sire, Grade 1 winner Langfuhr. He earned an 85 Beyer Speed Figure for his easy score in the six-furlong Vandal Stakes on Aug. 18.

Jockey Jim McAleney worked Wando a half-mile in 49.80 seconds over the turf training course on Aug. 30.

"Jim said he didn't feel any better or worse on the turf," Keogh said. "He went his first quarter in 26 and change, and came home in 23.20. Langfuhr ran big on it once, and he's out of a Woodman mare, so I don't think the turf will be a problem.

"He's doing very well," Keogh added. "I breezed him [Wednesday], which I hadn't planned on doing. He's been so sharp, and I wanted to try to take the edge off him."

Lismore Knight won his maiden by nine lengths first crack on July 20 over the Belmont Park grass, but was beaten a pole last time out in the Continental Mile at Monmouth, which was taken off the grass. Todd Pletcher trains.

My Boy Kyle, trained by John Salzman, won his first two starts, including a minor stakes, at Colonial Downs, and finished second in the Continental Mile.

Also entered in the Summer are Lucy I'm Home, Walls of Jericho, Native Genius, Sting Man, Judith's Deed, Just Watch Me, Tackling Stress, and Natchez.

Lucy I'm Home closed strongly in the final furlong to win his seven-furlong opener over this course two weeks ago.

"I thought he ran a tremendous race," said his trainer, Mark Casse. "He got into some trouble. It looked like he had no shot of winning at the eighth pole, but he came flying once he got clear."

Sam-Son Farm, which has won the Summer eight times, owns Walls of Jericho, a maiden full-brother to this year's Breeders' Stakes winner, Portcullis.

"He's bigger and stronger than Portcullis," said his trainer, Mark Frostad. "Whether or not he's the same kind of horse, it remains to be seen. He's been running a little green, and it looks like he wants to go a little farther."

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