Travers S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 10f ,)

COLONEL JOHN (B h, 126 lb) $600,000
Tiznow —Sweet Damsel , by Turkoman
B—WinStar Farm, LLC, KY.; O—WinStar Farm LLC; T—Eoin G. Harty

Mambo in Seattle (B r, 126 lb) $200,000
Kingmambo —Weekend in Seattle , by Seattle Slew
B—Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership, KY.; O—Farish, William S. and Kilroy, Mrs. W. S.; T—Neil J. Howard

Pyro (DK B/ h, 126 lb) $100,000
Pulpit —Wild Vision , by Wild Again
B—Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, KY.; O—Ron Winchell; T—Steven M. Asmussen

Margins: nose, 5¼, neck. Others: Harlem Rocker 126($50,000) , Da' Tara 126($30,000) , Court Vision 126($2,858) , Tale of Ekati 126($2,858) , Macho Again 126($2,858) , Tizbig 126($2,858) , Amped 126($2,858) , Cool Coal Man 126($2,858) , Tres Borrachos 126($2,852) . Winning Jockey, Garrett K. Gomez.

One way of analyzing the quality of a sire is by the number of runners he has competing in major events. In the Aug. 23 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, Tiznow had three of the dozen starters, more than any other stallion in the $1-million race.

Horse of the Year Tiznow was represented by Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner DaÕ Tara and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) victor Colonel John, plus grade II stakes-placed Tizbig. Colonel John, in his first start since finishing third in the Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park in July, won by the shortest of noses over Mambo in Seattle, with 7-2 favorite Pyro running third. DaÕ Tara ran fifth and Tizbig was farther back.

Colonel John races as a homebred for Bill Casner and Kenny TrouttÕs WinStar Farm. The Versailles, Ky., nursery also is the breeder of DaÕ Tara, who led into the stretch in the Travers before giving way. Tiznow stands at WinStar.

In the 2006 Travers, WinStar, formerly Prestonwood Farms, finished second with one of its homebreds. Bluegrass Cat, who went into the Travers after a victory in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, ran second to subsequent 3-year-old champion Bernardini. Bluegrass Cat also stands at WinStar.

Colonel JohnÕs pedigree served the colt well in the 11Ú4-mile Travers. Tiznow won the BreedersÕ Cup Classic (gr. I) at 11Ú4 miles in 2000-01 as well as the Super Derby (gr. I) in track-record time and the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) at that distance.

Sweet Damsel, dam of Colonel John, was a modest allowance winner, but all five of her wins came at a mile. Her dam, Grande Dame, was a stakes winner.

Colonel JohnÕs broodmare sire, Turkoman, was a grade I winner at 11Ú4 miles in his championship season in 1986. A 4-year-old, he won the 11Ú4-mile Marlboro Cup (gr. I) and Widener (gr. I) Handicaps and ran second in the BreedersÕ Cup Classic. Underlining his distance ability was a close runner-up effort in the 11Ú2-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).

WinStar privately purchased Sweet Damsel after she was bought back for $64,000 at the 2001 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Three Chimneys Sales, agent, consigned her in foal to Touch Gold. The resulting offspring, CarolineÕs Gold, was graded stakes-placed.

This year Sweet Damsel produced a colt by Speightstown, who also stands at WinStar. Sweet Damsel is in foal to Tiznow and is carrying a colt from a May 10 cover.

Tiznow has sired 14 stakes winners, nine of which are stakes winners this year, including Well Armed (gr. II), Tizdejavu (gr. IIT), and Tough TizÕs Sis (gr. III). TiznowÕs 2008 fee at WinStar was $30,000.ÑD.S