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Colonel John Odds 2009 Breeders’ Cup

by Steve Hastings on Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Colonel John Odds 2009 Breeders’ Cup: COLONEL JOHN hasn't won a race that matters since last year's Travers, but his second-place finish in the Goodwood shows that he's back on his game. On July 31, at the Wickerr Stakes, Del Mar, One Mile (T), Colonel John devastated a field of 10, winning by two lengths going away while timed in 1:32.77. Colonel John sat in a pocket on the backstretch while running fifth, then advanced three wide on the turn, and reached out to gobble up ground down the stretch. The question is can he find that grove again this Saturday afternoon in the Classic. The 2009 Breeders' Cup Betting Odds makers at Sportsbook.com have Colonel John at 12-1 odds to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Colonel John handles any track surface, winning major stakes on dirt and multiple all-weather tracks. Freshened and very well managed following the Kentucky Derby, left out of the Triple Crown grind to focus on a fall assault.  Colonel John was named after John Geider, an Army Reserve Lt. Col. and longtime friend of both Ken Troutt and Bill Casner, the breeders of the son of Tiznow.

He has been a Multiple Grade 1 winner and shown he can excel at the Classic distance, winning the Travers while toting 126 pounds.  He has had trouble at the start of several key races, causing him to get to far behind, which can be problematic in large fields.

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