BAFFERT HOLDS STRONG TWO-CARD HAND WITH COLISEUM & DESSMAN IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS
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BAFFERT HOLDS STRONG TWO-CARD HAND WITH COLISEUM & DESSMAN IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGSARCADIA, 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.COLISEUMOwner: Godolphin, LLCTrainer: Bob BaffertA 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.DESSMANOwner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al MaktoumTrainer: Bob BaffertA $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 ORDERRace 8 of 9 – Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTSynthesis–Kent Desormeaux–120Coliseum–Mike Smith–120Dessman–Flavien Prat–120Sparky Ville–Joel Rosario–120Savagery–Heriberto Figueroa–120First 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.