|Trainer||Eoin G. Harty|
|Colonel John is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Sweet Damsel by Tiznow. He was born around 2005 in the United States, and was bred by WinStar Farm.|
|Wickerr Stakes (2009)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Bred and raced by WinStar Farm, he was sired by Tiznow, the 2000 American Horse of the Year and a two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic. His dam is Sweet Damsel, a daughter of Turkoman, the 1986 American Champion Older Male Horse who was a son of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Alydar.
Conditioned for racing by Eoin Harty, in 2008 Colonel John won the Sham Stakes and the Grade I Santa Anita Derby. His performance in these races made him an early favorite for the races of the 2008 U.S. Triple Crown series, despite his racing experience consisting of only races on Cushion Track synthetic dirt. Ultimately, Colonel John finished 6th in the 2008 Kentucky Derby. In July, "The Colonel" finished third in the Swaps Stakes to Tres Barrachos and Two Step Salsa. Then in August Colonel John won the Travers Stakes by a nose over Mambo in Seattle and other well-regarded contenders in Pyro, Harlem Rocker, and Macho Again in a time of 2:03.20.
After not racing since December 2008, he came back on July 31, 2009 to win the $91,970 Wickerr Stakes at one mile over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course at Del Mar Racetrack. Garrett Gomez was in the saddle. He then ran 5th in the Pacific Classic Stakes - Gr.1 earning $20,000 dollars for his fifth place effort to the upset winner Richard's Kid, Before he was entered in the Goodwood Stakes and ran second by neck to Gitano Hernado while earning $70,000 for his second place. Colonel John closed out his career in the 2009 BC Classic by running 5th to the great racemare Zenyatta while earning a check of $150,000 in his final start. Colonel John retired to Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $15,000. He is booked full for 2010.
Stud career. March 6th, 2010 Colonel John has his first mare scanned in foal. Jonespartyofwon, A half sister to the upset winning 60 to 1 winning of the 2002 BC Classic Volponi and by the 2004 Kentucky Derby and champion 3yr old colt Smarty Jones.