12-22-2008, 10:30 PM
WinStar Farms’ Colonel John, a multiple grade I winner in 2008, tops the seven-horse field entered for the $250,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I), the traditional opening-day feature on Friday's card at Santa Anita Park in California.Trained by Eoin Harty, Colonel John won the Travers Stakes (gr. I) and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) this year and also scored in the grade III Sham Stakes. Overall, the son of Tiznow has won five of 10 career starts and earned $1,468,830. Co-highweighted at 123 pounds in the seven-furlong Malibu, Colonel John will be making his first start since finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I).