Colonel John (dk b colt, Tiznow x Sweet Damsel, by Turkoman)
WinStar Farm, Ky; $15,000
This dark bay colt is bred to have a distance runner’s physique — tall and spare — with a sire like Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow and with champion Turkoman for a broodmare sire. Turkoman (a son of Alydar) is also the broodmare sire of Horse of the Year Point Given, who is another very big horse. Point Given, however, has quite a lot more mass than Colonel John. The latter is built like a distance runner or swimmer: tall and lean and well-tuned to perform.
Standing 16.3 in his plates, Colonel John towers over barnmates like Distorted Humor and Speightstown, but not his sire. Tiznow can look any horse in the eye. Colonel John is noticeably lighter made than his sire, however, who carried more all important muscle on his big frame that allowed him to win a pair of BC Classics and Horse of the Year. Despite siring a champion juvenile filly in his first crop, Tiznow is more typically a sire of two-turn horses who can develop high class and generally get better with age.
Colonel John, a stakes winner at 2 who also ran second in the Futurity at Hollywood Park, improved enough at 3 to win the G1 Santa Anita Derby and the Travers at Saratoga. Those performances mark him as a classy animal, and he showed determination, as well as athletic ability. Although his 4-year-old campaign was limited to four starts, Colonel John retired with six victories from 15 starts and $1,779,012 in earnings.
Colonel John has very good length through the body, outstanding leverage from the length and proportions of his hind legs, and very good extension to profit from his ground-covering stride.
A finely tuned and highly specialized animal, Colonel John represents a somewhat different type than his highly successful sire, who was less precocious than Colonel John but has proven relatively versatile as a sire.
With the vast quality of the WinStar broodmare band, Colonel John has the potential to be mated creatively and productively to produce some good racehorses.