Colonel John, an earner of $1,779,012, won the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Travers Stakes (gr. I) as a 3-year-old. The son of Tiznow -Sweet Damsel, by Turkoman won on turf, dirt, and synthetics at distances of seven furlongs to 1 1/4 miles throughout his three-year racing career.
Colonel John was competitive with top runners each year he raced, beating such horses as Richard's Kid, Bob Black Jack, and Mambo in Seattle. His final race was a fifth-place finish behind Zenyatta in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), a race in which he finished sixth the year before.
Colonel John stands at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $15,000. He is booked full for 2010.