Photo: Zoe Metz Photography
Owned and bred by Godolphin, LLC Coliseum made his highly anticipated debut this past Nov. 17 at Del Mar, and he responded with a rousing 6 3/4-length win going seven furlongs at odds of 1-2.
Gunmetal Gray, who fetched $225,000 at a 2-year-old in training sale in Ocala, Fla., this past March, broke his maiden in his second start going one mile on Aug. 22. He was subsequently second to Baffert’s Game Winner in the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) on Sept. 29 and was again well beaten by Game Winner, finishing fifth, beaten 12 ½ lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Owner: Godolphin, LLC
Trainer: Bob Baffert
After many years of taking the Dubai route to Churchill Downs, Godolphin has enlisted the services of Baffert in the hope he can lead them to the promised land at long last on the first Saturday in May. A gray colt by Tapit, out of the Menifee mare Game Face, Coliseum was bred in Kentucky by his owner and should relish the extra furlong on Saturday. Coliseum looms strictly the horse to beat with Joe Talamo back aboard.
Owner: Hollendorfer, LLC, Pearl Racing & West Point Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Well beaten in his six-furlong debut July 29, this Kentucky-bred colt by Exchange Rate relished the stretch out to a mile on Aug. 22 at Del Mar, winning by 6 3/4 lengths under Drayden Van Dyke. With Flavien Prat taking over, Gunmetal was a good second, beaten 4 1/2 lengths by Game Winner in the mile and one sixteenth American Pharoah, a race in which he earned a 90 Beyer Speed figure, his best “number” in four juvenile starts. With Mike Smith taking over for the first time in the Sham, his connections are hoping Gunmetal Gray’s experience will give him a competitive edge as he faces Coliseum for the first time.
SHAM STAKES JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 9 of 10 (approximate post time 4 p.m. PT)
1. Sueno—Kent Desormeaux—120
2. Gray Magician—Flavien Prat—120
3. Savagery—Joel Rosario—120
4. Easy Shot—Rafael Bejarano–120
5. Coliseum—Joe Talamo—120
6. Gunmetal Gray—Mike Smith—120
7. Much Better—Drayden Van Dyke–120