Real Quiet S.

( 8.5f ,)

COLONEL JOHN (B h, 119 lb) $65,900
Tiznow —Sweet Damsel , by Turkoman
B—WinStar Farm, LLC, KY.; O—WinStar Farm LLC; T—Eoin G. Harty

Overextended (GR/RO g, 117 lb) $20,000
Monarchos —Way of Life , by Gulch
B—Jeff Sexton, NY.; O—J. Paul Reddam; T—Doug F. O'Neill

Cafe Tortoni (CH g, 115 lb) $12,000
Katahaula County —Trillia , by Regal Classic
B—Prescott Farms, BC.; O—Moonrunners LLC; T—Jim Penney

Margins: 3, ½, ½. Others: Gallon 119($6,000) , Many Rivers 117($2,000) , Rivergrade Boy 116 , Orientate Me 117 . Winning Jockey, Corey S. Nakatani.

At his third different synthetic surface track on the California circuit, Colonel John easily succeeded in his stakes debut, the Nov. 18 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Trained by Eoin Harty, the juvenile son of Tiznow began his career at Del Mar, where he ran second in a six-furlong test Aug. 19, after which he broke his maiden by 41¼2 lengths at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Oct. 7.

The Real Quiet, named for the champion and 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) winner, was contested at 11¼16 miles, which proved Colonel John’s affinity for longer distances.

Homebred Colonel John, who was sent off at 7-10 in the Real Quiet, covered the distance in a stakes record 1:42.92, establishing himself as a major contender for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at the Southern California track Dec. 22. He has now earned $105,300 for Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm.

“He’s turned into a very nice horse,” said winning jockey Corey Nakatani. “By his breeding, Tiznow out of a Turkoman mare, that’s pretty good breeding for the Derby. So we’ll just keep our fingers crossed and I know he’s on that road so I’m looking forward to his next race.”

Bred in Kentucky, Colonel John is out of the winning mare Sweet Damsel, who is a daughter of the stakes-winning Zen mare Grande Dame.

According to Robert Hammonds, WinStar’s stallion seasons and bloodstock manager, Sweet Damsel was purchased privately for $65,000 after her reserve was not met and she was bought back for $64,000 at the 2001 Keeneland November mixed sale. Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent, she was in foal to Touch Gold.

That foal, a now 5-year-old mare named Caroline’s Gold, ran third in the 2005 Dogwood Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. She was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale, but failed to meet her reserve when the bidding stopped at $83,000.

Sweet Damsel’s last two foals, both full siblings to Colonel John, are a yearling colt named Clark’s Quest, and a weanling filly named Kayce Ace.

Clark’s Quest was bought for $200,000 by Tony Lacy, agent, at this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale from James Keogh, agent.

Kept at WinStar near Versailles, Ky., Sweet Damsel is in foal to Speightstown.

Second leading third-crop sire Tiznow is the sire of eight stakes winners. Among his six 2007 added-money winners are graded victors Tough Tiz’s Sis (gr. I), Bear Now (gr. II), and Slew’s Tizzy (gr. II). Tiznow stood the 2007 season for $25,000 at WinStar.—E.M.