doesn't come to mind when one thinks of Colonel John's offspring.
Yet they've started to make their appearance on the track. Within the
last couple of weeks, two of his sons have entered the winner's
circle. The WinStar
Farm home-bred Cash Conversion galloped to a 2 ¾ length victory
over the Presque Isle Downs oval to kick off the month of June. A
week later, Here's Johnny subdued his rivals by 2 ½ lengths at
John is a large bodied horse reminiscent of his sire Tiznow. He was
a late-season two year old, yet showed obvious talent demolishing a
group of maidens by over four lengths. The WinStar homebred won the
Real Quiet Stakes before checking in a late-running second to Into
Mischief in the Cash Call Futurity (G-1), to finish out his two year
only two preps before the Kentucky Derby, Colonel John was victorious
in the Sham (G-3) and Santa Anita Derby. When the big day arrived,
Colonel John went off the second favorite in the Kentucky Derby. He
steadied early, then made his move six wide from tenth place and
finished evenly in sixth behind Big Brown. Skiping the rest of the
Triple Crown, Colonel John came back in July with a prep in the Swaps
Stakes (G-2) . In a thrilling edition of the Travers, Colonel John
broke in the air, but was closer to the pace than usual, tracking the
Belmont Stakes winner Da'Tara from fourth. Colonel John ran down
Da'Tara in the stretch, to prevail by a nose over the fast closing
Mambo in Seattle. It was over five lengths back to the Travers
favorite, Pyro. After his huge win in the Mid-Summer Derby, Colonel
John visited the winner's circle once more, this time as a four year old, winning the Wickerr
Stakes at a mile over the turf. Colonel
John was retired to stud after placing fifth in the 2009 Breeders'
Cup Classic (G-1).
Race record: 15-6-3-1 ($1,779,012)
– Travers Stakes (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
- Santa Anita Derby (G-1) 1 1/8 miles
– Sham Stakes (G-3) 1 1/8 miles
- Wickerr Stakes 1 mile (T)
– Real Quiet Stakes 1 1/6 miles
– Goodwood Stakes (G-1) 1 1/8 miles
– CashCall Futurity 1 1/16 miles
- Swaps Stakes (G-2) 1 1/8 miles
John has a stamina oriented pedigree. His sire, two-time Horse of
the Year Champ Tiznow,
is a young stallion whose only son at stud with babies on the track
is Tiz Wonderful (by Hennessy). Tiz Wonderful's first crop are now
three year olds. He wound up at #8 on the Freshman Sire List last
year and is currently #7 on the Second Crop Sire list.
John is the most accomplished of his dam's offspring. Proving that
breeding is still a genetic roll of the dice, Colonel John's full
brother Mr. Hot Stuff placed in the Sham and Santa Anita Derby, but
found his calling as a steeplechase horse. Their full sister Kayce
Ace is stakes placed. Another half sister, Caroline's Gold is Grade 3
Colonel John's distaff family is light on blacktype. His dam owns no
stakes earnings, but she was a solid race mare, earning a 33-5-5-4
($66,469) record at the allowance level. Sweet Damsel was a miler who
won over dirt and turf. Colonel John's second dam Grande Dame won a
restricted race and his third dam Fia placed in the CCA Oaks (G-1)
and three other graded stakes.
John's damsire Turkoman was Champion Older Male in 1986. He's an
excellent broodmare sire and claims over 30 stakes winners as a
damsire, including King's Bishop (G-1) winner and sire Hard Spun.
to bet his offspring:
what can we expect from Colonel John's progeny? S
Colonel John was adept over dirt, turf and Cushion Track. He placed
on Polytrack, but that wasn't his best surface. So far, Colonel John
is represented by winners over Tapeta and turf. His babies should
also handle mud. Some may be capable over Polytrack, but may not be
able to offer a top level performance over the surface.
of Colonel John's two year olds went through the sales ring. 17 sold
between $19K - $300K, eight were RNA.
offspring look remarkably like their sire and Colonel John is no
exception. He is a large, muscular horse who covers a distance of
ground. Typically, he was a mid/late season two year old. Like many
with his physical build and pedigree, he improved with age and
racing. The majority of his progeny will make their debuts from
mid-season (late July, early August) onward and improve greatly as
three year olds. Some may be quick enough to win at six furlongs,
however, seven furlongs through 1 1/4 miles will be more suitable.
They should be proficient over every surface, although bet his
offspring on Polytrack with caution.