|SANTA ANITA DERBY|
Won at 3SANTA ANITA DERBY
(gr. I , 9f , defeating Bob Black Jack, Coast Guard, Yankee Bravo, El Gato Malo, On the Virg, Shore Do, Meetingwithdestiny, Polonius, Rosso Corsa, Signature Move ).
Colonel John will march into Louisville a grade I winner after defeating a game Bob Black Jack by a half-length in the April 5 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). A homebred for Kenny Troutt and Bill CasnerÕs WinStar Farm, Colonel John came into the race off a half-length win in the Sham Stakes (gr. III) March 1.
ÒHeÕs very professional,Ó said trainer Eoin Harty of the 3-year-old Tiznow colt. ÒHe never turns a hair. Historically, any horse thatÕs run well here and come out of this race in one piece usually shows up and runs a very good race on (Kentucky) Derby day and thatÕs what weÕre hoping for.Ó
Colonel John is not the only graded stakes winner to represent the racing branch of WinStar Farm this year. Spring At Last took the Feb. 2 Donn Handicap (gr. I), while Well Armed won the Feb. 9 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) and ran third in the March 29 Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). Spring At Last is owned in partnership with J. Paul Reddam.
A Kentucky-bred, Colonel John is out of the winning Turkoman mare Sweet Damsel. The mare was offered in foal to Touch Gold at the 2001 Keeneland November mixed sale by Three Chimneys Sales, agent, but failed to meet her reserve when bidding stopped at $64,000. She was then purchased privately by WinStar for $65,000.
Colonel John is also not the first member from the female side of his family to be successful on the Triple Crown trail. His granddam, stakes winner Grande Dame, is a half-sister to Bodhavista, who in turn is the dam of Imperialism. In 2004, the Langfuhr colt won the San Vicente and San Rafael Stakes (both gr. II) before finishing second in the Santa Anita Derby and third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Sweet Damsel has a juvenile full brother and a yearling full sister to Colonel John. The 2-year-old, Mr. Hot Stuff, was bought by Tony Lacy, agent, for $200,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale from James B. Keogh, agent, and the yearling has been named Kayce Ace.
Kept at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., 13-year-old Sweet Damsel is in foal to Speightstown on a May 7 cover and will be bred back to Tiznow.
Tiznow is the sire of nine stakes winners including Well Armed and other 2008 added-money winner Tough TizÕs Sis. The 11-year-old son of CeeÕs Tizzy stands at WinStar for a fee of $30,000.ÑA.H.D.
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