Sham S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 9f ,)

COLONEL JOHN (B h, 118 lb) $120,000
Tiznow —Sweet Damsel , by Turkoman
B—WinStar Farm, LLC, KY.; O—WinStar Farm LLC; T—Eoin G. Harty

El Gato Malo (DK B/ g, 120 lb) $40,000
El Corredor —One Bad Cat , by Mountain Cat
B—Kenneth C. Roberts, KY.; O—West Point Thoroughbreds; T—Craig Dollase

Victory Pete (B h, 116 lb) $24,000
Five Star Day —Blabby B. , by Tabasco Cat
B—American Equistock Inc, FL.; O—Johnson, Ellen and Peter O.; T—Alexis Barba

Margins: ½, 3, 1. Others: Reflect Times (JPN) 116($12,000) , Success Fee 116($4,000) . Winning Jockey, Garrett K. Gomez.

Colonel John held off a game El Gato Malo by a half-length March 1 to win the Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park and garner his first graded stakes victory. The 3-year-old Tiznow colt was making his first start since finishing second to Into Mischief Dec. 22 in the CashCall Futurity (gr. I).

Eoin Harty trains the homebred bay colt for Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner’s WinStar Farm. Colonel John has won three of five starts, including the 2007 Real Quiet Stakes, and finished second in his two other races.

“He’s a very easy horse to keep fit,” said Harty. “He doesn’t carry a lot of excess weight and puts a lot into his morning workouts. I’m sure he can get a distance. It’s just a matter of not getting in his way.”

The racing branch of WinStar Farm has enjoyed several successes so far this year. In addition to Colonel John, it has been represented by Spring At Last, who won the Feb. 2 Donn Handicap (gr. I); Well Armed, who won the San Antonio Handicap (gr. II); and Forest Blue, who won the Jan. 26 Forego Stakes. Spring At Last is owned in partnership with J. Paul Reddam.

Colonel John was bred in Kentucky out of the winning, course record-setting Turkoman mare Sweet Damsel, who in turn is out of the stakes-winning Zen mare Grande Dame. Sweet Damsel 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. Sweet Damsel was then purchased privately by WinStar for $65,000.

Caroline’s Gold, the Touch Gold filly Sweet Damsel was carrying at the time of her purchase, went on to be graded stakes-placed, and all four of Sweet Damsel’s foals to race are winners. She also has a juvenile full brother and a yearling full sister to Colonel John. The 2-year-old, Mr. Hott 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 and will be bred back to Tiznow.

Horse of the Year Tiznow is the sire of nine stakes winners including additional 2008 added-money winner Well Armed (gr. II). The 11-year-old son of Cee’s Tizzy stands at WinStar for a fee of $30,000.—A.H.D.