WinStar Farm homebred Colonel John, a multiple grade I-winning millionaire on the track and sire of currently racing graded stakes-winning colts Airoforce, Cocked and Loaded, and Dalmore, has been purchased by the Korea Thoroughbred Breeders Association and will stand stud in Jeju-do, South Korea in 2017.
"The KTBA is very excited to stand Colonel John," said bloodstock agent Jun Park, a longtime advisor to the KTBA who brokered the deal. "He will be a wonderful addition to their growing breeding program."
The 11-year-old son of Horse of the Year and successful sire Tiznow will enter quarantine before shipping to South Korea at the end of October to take up residence at his new home at Jeju Stud Farm, which also currently stands former American stallions Any Given Saturday and Chapel Royal.
Colonel John's most important wins as a racehorse came in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Travers Stakes (gr. I). He is out of the winning Turkoman mare Sweet Damsel, who also has produced grade I-placed Mr. Hot Stuff, grade III-placed Caroline's Gold, and stakes-placed Kayce Ace.
Colonel John stood for $7,500 this year at WinStar Farm, near Versailles, Ky. With more than $4 million in 2016 earnings, he ranks 33rd on this year's general sire list through Sept. 27.