11/12/2009 12:00AM

Colonel John retired to WinStar

Barbara D. Livingston
Colonel John will stand for a yet-to-be-announced fee in Kentucky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Grade 1-winning millionaire Colonel John has retired from racing to WinStar Farm near Lexington, Ky., where he was bred.

A 4-year-old Tiznow colt, Colonel John finished fifth behind Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic in his last start. He won 6 of 15 starts and $1,779,012.

Colonel John won five stakes races during his career, including the Grade 1 Travers and Santa Anita Derby and the Grade 3 Sham in 2008. He also was runner-up in the 2007 CashCall Futurity and 2009 Goodwood, both Grade 1, and finished third in the Grade 2 Swaps last year. His stakes wins came on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces.

WinStar has not yet announced a stud fee for Colonel John.

Colonel John is out of Sweet Damsel, a Turkoman mare who set a one-mile course record of 1:36.08 on the Tampa Bay Downs turf in 1998. She also has produced Grade 1-placed Mr. Hot Stuff, also by Tiznow, and Grade 3-placed Caroline's Gold, by Touch Gold.

At WinStar, Colonel John will stand alongside his sire, Tiznow.

Roman Ruler's fee remains $20K

Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington will keep second-ranked freshman sire Roman Ruler at his 2009 fee level of $20,000 in 2010.

Roman Ruler's first crop of 2-year-olds this year so far has produced Grade 1 Champagne Stakes winner Homeboykris, Grade 1-placed Roman Invasion, Mexican Grade 1 winner Zacatlan, and Delta Downs track record-setter Rule. Roman Ruler is also ranked third on the list of top sires of 2-year-olds.

Two other Hill 'n' Dale stallions also will see no change to their fees in the coming breeding season. They are Midnight Lute, who stands for $20,000, and Indygo Shiner, who remains at $7,500.

Hill 'n' Dale has lowered the fee for most of its stallions. Stormy Atlantic, who topped the juvenile sire list in 2006, drops from $45,000 to $35,000, the farm's highest fee. Others on the Hill 'n' Dale roster with reduced fees in 2010 are Closing Argument, who falls from $12,500 to $5,000; El Corredor, from $25,000 to $15,000; Grand Reward, from $8,500 to $6,500; Harlington, from $10,000 to $8,500; Heatseeker, from $20,000 to $15,000; Mutakddim, from $12,500 to $10,000; and Seeking the Dia, from $10,000 to $7,500.

Hill 'n' Dale announced earlier this week that it would stand Zensational in 2010. He will enter stud at a $25,000 fee. All fees are on stand-and-nurse terms, but breeders paying their stud fees on or before Nov. 15, 2010, will receive a 10 percent discount.

Posse, Consolidator relocating

Two more central Kentucky stallions are on the move. Posse, who stood this year at Vinery, heads for Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y., in 2010, and the Darley Stud-owned Consolidator relocates south to Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla.

Posse led the freshman sires' list in 2007 and currently is fifth on the third-crop sire rankings. The 9-year-old Posse is a multiple graded-stakes winner. He is the sire of 2007 Canadian champion juvenile and 2009 Grade 1 winner Kodiak Kowboy, multiple graded winner Lantana Mob, Grade 3 winner No Advantage, and 2009 stakes winner Law Enforcement.

Posse, a son of Silver Deputy, stood for $20,000 in 2009; his 2010 fee has yet to be announced.

Grade 1 winner Consolidator, a 7-year-old son of Storm Cat, currently ranks 11th on North America's freshman sire list. His 16 winners include stakes winner Queen Imidala, Group 3-placed Absolute Music, and such stakes-paced runners as Encore Saritta and Dubai Miracle.

Consolidator remains Darley's property. Journeyman will announce his fee at a later date. Consolidator stood this year for $15,000.