Go For Wand

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Go For Wand
Sire Deputy Minister
Grandsire Vice Regent
Dam Obeah
Damsire Cyane
Sex Filly
Foaled 1987
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Christiana Stables
Owner Christiana Stable
Trainer William Badgett, Jr.
Record 13: 10-2-0
Earnings $1,373,338
Major wins
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (1989)
Ashland Stakes (1990)
Alabama Stakes (1990)
Beldame Stakes (1990)
Mother Goose Stakes (1990)
Test Stakes (1990)
Maskette Stakes (1990)
American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly (1989)
American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1990)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1996)
#72 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Go For Wand Handicap at Saratoga Race Course
Go for Wand Stakes at Delaware Park Racetrack
Last updated on September 2, 2007

Go For Wand (April 6, 1987 – October 27, 1990) was a champion American thoroughbred racehorse.

Sired by Canadian Hall of Famer Deputy Minister, out of Obeah (winner of, among other races, the Blue Hen Stakes, and the Delaware Handicap twice), Go For Wand was foaled and raised at Jane du Pont Lunger's Christiana Stables. As a two-year-old, she had a record of three-for-four before winning the 1989 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Her performances earned her the 1989 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly.

As a three-year-old, she was seven-for-nine and was voted the 1990 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly. In 1990 at Belmont Park she ran against the Argentinian mare Bayakoa in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Go For Wand was leading by a head at the sixteenth pole when she suffered an open fracture to her right cannon bone. She fell to the track and threw jockey Randy Romero to the ground before rising to limp on three legs. Track personnel caught her and got her to lie down, and she was immediately euthanized on the track. The next day, she was buried in the infield at Saratoga racetrack.

Like the death of Ruffian at the same track, the accident was shown by NBC on live television, and reminded viewers of that promising filly who was fatally injured on the track. Several veterinarians estimate that she broke her leg about twelve strides before she fell, which would mean that she suffered her catastrophic injury while passing the flagpole next to which Ruffian was buried.

In 1992, the Maskette Stakes, a Grade 1 handicap race for fillies and mares, was renamed the "Go For Wand Handicap" in her memory.

She is listed as #72 by Blood Horse on their list of top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century and in 1996 was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

As part of the "Thoroughbred Legends" series, in 2000, author Bill Heller published a book about the filly titled "Go For Wand." - Eclipse Press (ISBN 1-58150-046-7)