03/23/2004 12:00AM

Wynn Dot Comma dead


MIAMI - Wynn Dot Comma, who upset Eurosilver to win the Grade 3 Swale Stakes on March 13 at Gulfstream Park, was euthanized after breaking down during a routine gallop at Calder on Tuesday morning.

Wynn Dot Comma had nearly completed his regular gallop around 6:30 a.m. when he apparently took a bad step and broke his right front ankle, according to trainer Marty Wolfson.

"I don't know exactly what happened, it all transpired so quickly," said Wolfson. "He has always had a problem with his feet but never anything else. And he'd been training better than ever recently. The track was a little deeper than usual at the time the injury occurred. I guess he just took one misstep."

Wynn Dot Comma, a son of Struggler, was owned by Marty Cherry. He concludes his career with six victories in eight starts. In addition to the Swale, Wynn Dot Comma won three other stakes, including the Grade 3 Spectacular Bid on Jan. 3. at Gulfstream. His Swale victory gave jockey Edgar Prado the 5,000th win of his riding career.

"This is really devastating," said Wolfson. "It makes you not even want to go on when something like this happens. I've never had a horse break down like that on the racetrack in the morning. It's amazing how he could run a half-mile in 44 seconds during his races and be fine and then break down during an easy gallop."

Wolfson said Wynn Dot Comma would be buried on his property in nearby Davie, Fla.

Wynn Dot Comma is the third graded-stakes-winning 3-year-old based at Calder to suffer a severe injury this winter. Second of June, a leading Kentucky Derby prospect, was found to have a condylar fracture following his second-place finish in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. Silver Wagon, winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful at 2, underwent surgery to have chips removed from his knee shortly before his scheduled start in the Florida Derby.