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Big Cap: Colonel John in focus
by Handicappers / Globeform
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Trainer Eoin Harty sends out his top four-year-old Colonel John in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) on Saturday, while barnmate Well Armed will be heading for the Dubai World Cup (G1) later in the month.

Colonel John will be making his first start since finishing fourth to Bob Black Jack in the 7-furlong Malibu Stakes (G1) over this course on December 26. That was much too short for the son of Tiznow, and last year’s Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner will be more at home over 1 ¼ miles. He also won the Sham Stakes (G3) here at Santa Anita last term, as well as the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, and – perhaps more importantly – performed with credit when sixth to Raven’s Pass in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

Racing over the same surface and distance as the Big Cap, Colonel John was beaten 5 lengths that day. It was not his best performance of last year but it showed that he handles the Pro-Ride surface. Having done a lot of training over the strip, he is a horse who holds ‘home advantage’ here, and he must be respected. If he reproduces his best level of form, Colonel John can beat them all. His sire won this event and Colonel John has, on more than one occasion, displayed a winning attitude similar to Tiznow, the only horse to have won the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) twice.

Published: 2009-03-01 15:40:27

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