Baffert Pair Coliseum, Dessman Top Five-Horse San Vicente

by | 02.08.2019 | 4:22pm
Coliseum breaks his maiden by 6 3/4 lengths at Del Mar

Sunday's Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita does not offer points to the big dance on the first Saturday in May, but is often used as a launching pad to points races for talented 3-year-olds. The Bob Baffert-trained pair Coliseum and Dessman will take on three other sophomores at seven furlongs in this year's edition.

COLISEUM

Owner: Godolphin, LLC
Trainer: Bob Baffert

A rousing 6 ¾ length maiden winner going seven furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 17, this immensely talented son of Tapit, who earned a lofty 91 Beyer Speed figure, was instantly accorded “A-list” status and was thus off as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade III, one mile Sham Stakes here on Jan. 5. Off a bit slowly, Coliseum, who is out of the Menifee mare Game Face, seemed out of sorts throughout and never threatened while finishing sixth, 4 ¼ lengths behind Jerry Hollendorfer's Gunmetal Gray. Undeterred, Baffert has worked Coliseum twice from the gate, five furlongs in 1:00.80 (24th of 140) on Jan. 20 and six furlongs in 1:12.20 (best of 11) on Jan. 30 as he cuts back in distance to a sprint. Bred by his owner, Coliseum will be ridden for the first time by Mike Smith.

DESSMAN

Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum
Trainer: Bob Baffert

A $750,000 Fasig Tipton March 2-year-old in Training Sale graduate, this Florida-bred colt by Union Rags was a galloping 7 ½ length first out winner going six furlongs here on Jan. 19. Off as the 4-5 favorite, he earned an 80 Beyer while catching a main track listed as good. Out of the Trippi mare Frolic's Appeal, he's eligible to improve by many as Flavien Prat rides back.

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