Colonel John commands field at Santa Anita
Susan Casner's Colonel John made easy work of a seven-furlong Maiden Special Weight over Santa Anita's new synthetic surface at the Oak Tree meet on Sunday. Going off as the one-to-three favorite, the 2-year-old colt broke sharply and rated in third position. He took the lead in mid-stretch and drew away under a hand ride to the wire to win by four-and-a-half lengths under jockey Corey Nakatani.
The Tiznow bay was making only his second start after finishing second by a half-length at Del Mar on August 19th in a six-furlong Maiden Special Weight on the polytrack. He seemed to relish the cushion track at Santa Anita, as he tabbed some sizzling works going very much in hand. Bill and Susan Casner had always thought very highly of their homebred and he did not disappoint.
"He vindicated my faith in him," said trainer Eoin Harty. "He trained like a very good horse and he ran accordingly."
Colonel John was bred at WinStar Farm in Kentucky and he is out of Susan Casner's Turkoman mare, Sweet Damsel.