Coliseum, seemingly one in a plethora of Bob Baffert 2-year-olds about to embark on the Triple Crown trail, worked six furlongs under Joe Talamo Sunday morning at Santa Anita Park. The colt recorded a bullet 1:12.40 for the Grade III Sham Stakes on Jan. 5.
The one mile race for 3-year-olds is the first stakes steppingstone on the West Coast to the Kentucky Derby on May 4, providing the winner with 10 qualifying points to the Run for the Roses, with four to the runner-up, two to the third-place finisher and one to the fourth.
“Coliseum showed a high cruising speed, nothing new there,” said Toby Turrell, publisher of the widely-respected selection sheet The Winners Card, which has been providing valuable information to horse players since 1988.
A gray son of Tapit owned by Godolphin LLC, Coliseum was a smashing debut winner under Talamo at Del Mar Nov. 17, winning a seven furlong test by 6 ¾ lengths.
Two-time Triple Crown winner Baffert, meanwhile, will be seeking his sixth victory in 18 runnings of the Sham. He won the inaugural in 2001 with Wild and Wise; the 2006 edition with the late Bob and John; and winning with Midnight Hawk in 2014, Collected in 2016 and McKinzie earlier this year.
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