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Updated: December 30, 2018 at 5:52 pm

By Jessica Martini

Members of the TDN staff reveal what TDN Rising Star they’re most excited to see race in 2019.

Bob Baffert had 17 ‘TDN Rising Stars’ in 2018. Gainesway’s super sire Tapit had eight. So when the two teamed up with a highly touted homebred from the powerhouse Godolphin operation, it was one of those Rising Stars that Brian DiDonato starts writing about while the horses are still in the paddock. If not the night before. Coliseum duly delivered with a jaw-dropping 6 3/4-length debut victory at Del Mar in November (video). And that was at seven furlongs. By a horse who will clearly get better around two turns and with a little more maturity. Godolphin teamed up with a two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer in search of its elusive first GI Kentucky Derby winner and Coliseum might just be the one. It should be fun watching what he does this spring, and the colt took an important step towards a potential start in the Jan. 5 GIII Sham S., working six furlongs in 1:12.40 at Santa Anita Sunday morning. -Jessica Martini, Editor-in-Chief

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