Older, but wiser? Coliseum to make return at Los Alamitos

September 15, 2019 09:33am

Nine workouts later, the Coliseum experiment is set to continue.

The flashy gray son of Tapit — who debuted last November looking like a top Kentucky Derby prospect, but didn’t get the mental side of his craft down in time — is back in the entries.

Trainer Bob Baffert has the Godolphin homebred set for his fourth career race on Thursday at Los Alamitos, where Coliseum has breezed since returning to the racetrack.

After that first drill back on Aug. 17, Baffert said the freshening “helped” a horse who “from the get go, he came in a little wired up. It’s hard to diffuse him. We thought the time off would help, and it has.”

Joe Talamo has the mount back after Mike Smith rode in Coliseum’s last start, a distant third going seven furlongs in Santa Anita’s San Vicente Stakes (G2). Before that, the colt missed the break as an odds-on favorite in the Sham Stakes (G3), going on to finish sixth of seven.

Coliseum, however, showed plenty of promise first out in a gate-to-wire performance in a seven-furlong maiden special weight flight on Nov. 17 at Del Mar. The winning margin was 6 3/4 lengths, and Derby talk only ramped up from there over the winter given his connections.

With the reset button of sorts pushed, Coliseum is scheduled to face nine rivals going six furlongs at Los Alamitos, where he’s entered for Thursday’s ninth race. Post time is 7:58 p.m. ET, with half the field in for an optional $40,000 claiming tag.

Coliseum is not one of those, and he’ll go up against race high weight and last out Los Alamitos winner J T’s A. T. M., among others.


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