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.