BAFFERT HOLDS STRONG TWO-CARD HAND WITH COLISEUM & DESSMAN IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS  

 BAFFERT HOLDS STRONG TWO-CARD HAND WITH COLISEUM & DESSMAN IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2019)–When it comes to Derby hopefuls, two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert is American racing’s undisputed “Go-To-Guy.”  Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes will provide yet another window into the Baffert mystique, as he sends out a pair of talented 3-year-olds, Coliseum and Dessman, against three other sophomores at seven furlongs.

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.

THE GRADE II SAN VICENTE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 8 of 9 – Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT

  1. Synthesis–Kent Desormeaux–120
  2. Coliseum–Mike Smith–120
  3. Dessman–Flavien Prat–120
  4. Sparky Ville–Joel Rosario–120
  5. Savagery–Heriberto Figueroa–120

First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santtaanita.com  or call (626) 574-RACE.