09/28/2016 7:43PM

Colonel John sold to stand in Korea


WinStar Farm sire Colonel John has been sold to the Korea Thoroughbred Breeders Association (KTBA) to stand in Jeju-do, Korea in 2017.

“The KTBA is very excited to stand Colonel John,” said bloodstock agent Jun Park, a longtime advisor to the KTBA who brokered the deal. “He will be a wonderful addition to their growing breeding program.”

Colonel John will enter quarantine before shipping to South Korea at the end of October to take up residence at his new home Jeju Stud Farm, which also currently stands former American stallions Any Given Saturday and Chapel Royal. Because its racing takes place on dirt, Korea has invested heavily in American stock as it has built its Thoroughbred industry; the country also stands champion juvenile Hansen.

Colonel John, by WinStar stallion Tiznow, was bred and raced by the farm. He was a multiple Grade 1-winning 3-year-old in 2008, taking the Santa Anita Derby and Travers Stakes. He won or placed in six other stakes over his three seasons of racing, and retired with $1,779,012 in earnings.

As a stallion, Colonel John is led by Airoforce, winner of the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf last year. He is represented by 12 other stakes winners, including graded winners Cocked and Loaded, Dalmore, Southern Honey, and Concave.