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Ontario Hansard - 18-December2003

Mr Frank Klees (Oak Ridges): I rise today to pay tribute to a great Canadian athlete, not Wayne Gretzky or Lorie Kane or Beckie Scott or even Mike Weir. This athlete is unique. His name is Wando, the brilliant three-year-old chestnut colt whose patience and a powerful late kick earned him a spot in Canadian thoroughbred racing history this past August when he won the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Winning the Breeders' Stakes, the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Queen's Plate, defined as the oldest thoroughbred race in North America and the most prestigious race for Canadian-bred horses, is indeed an amazing feat.

Congratulations go to owner and breeder Gustav Schickedanz of King township, who is carrying on his proud family tradition of breeding the best of horses, a tradition that goes back for many generations. Schickedanz said of his champion horse, "He runs a beautiful race. He just gallops for home." Patrick Husbands, the jockey who rode Wando to the Triple Crown, said, "He's a great champion." Congratulations also go to Patrick Husbands and to the talented trainer, Mike Keogh.

This has been a great year for Canadian thoroughbred racing. It's an industry that employs roughly 60,000 people in this province and generates some $1.6 billion into the economy. Congratulations to all of the men and women involved in this great industry.


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