“Everything’s moving forward toward the Swaps Stakes (gr. II),” Harty said. “He looks fantastic. He looks really good and his attitude is good. He’s showing no ill effects from his experience in the Derby.”
Owned and bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Colonel John ran sixth as the 9-2 second favorite in the Kentucky Derby. He had a troubled trip and finished 14 1/4 lengths behind Big Brown. After Colonel John participated in the Run for the Roses, the son of Tiznow --Sweet Damsel, by Turkoman, was given a rest at WinStar Farm in Kentucky before returning to California.
The Swaps is July 12 at Hollywood Park. After Colonel John runs in the Swaps, he will probably compete in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, according to Harty. Rick Dutrow, the trainer of Big Brown, who bids to become America’s 12th Triple Crown winner in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has stated that the current plan for the undefeated son of Boundary is to run him in the Travers after the Belmont.