COLISEUM IS STILL ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’
MARIO GUTIERREZ, AGENT KNUST GO ‘PFFFT’
SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT IS STILL UNSOLVED
BAFFERT HOPES COLISEUM LEARNS AS HE GOES IN SAN VICENTE
Bob Baffert expects the real Coliseum to show up tomorrow in the Grade II San
Vicente Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs after disappointing as the 3-10 choice in the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile on Jan. 5, finishing sixth by 4 ¼ lengths.
Such is life on the Triple Crown trail in February.
“He got off slow and got behind horses,” Baffert said of the Sham. “We tried rating
him, and we’re still trying to learn about the horse. Going long first time, you sort of have to be in the race. He got behind and wasn’t enjoying it.
“His psyche was off and he didn’t know what was going on. He didn’t get beat that far but it wasn’t a real strong race, either. He’s come back and I’m trying some different things. Mike (Smith) has worked him a couple times but he’s still not breaking that well.
“He needs to get away a little bit better, but going seven eighths at least there’s more speed and it gives him a better chance. We’ve got to teach him to settle and this is the only time you can do that, because they don’t have to shoot into a turn right away.”
Baffert also entered daylight debut winner Dessman in the race, which offers no Kentucky Derby qualifying points since it is a sprint.
The field for the San Vicente, which goes as race eight of nine:
Synthesis, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1;
Coliseum, Mike Smith, 6-5;
Dessman, Flavien Prat, 5-2;
Sparky Ville, Joel Rosario, 4-1
Savagery, Heriberto Figueroa, 4-1.
GUTIERREZ HIRES MATT NAKATANI AS NEW AGENT
Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez has parted company with Tom Knust and hired Matt Nakatani as his new agent.
Through 27 racing days at the Winter Meet, the 32-year-old Gutierrez had a six percent winning average with four firsts, 11 seconds and nine thirds from 64 mounts.
“Mario just wanted to make a change and he hired Matt Nakatani, who’s a good kid,” Knust, anything but petulant, said Saturday morning. “I love Mario’s family and all I can do is wish him the best of luck. Most recently, we were together over two years. We were together before that for about a year but parted and got back together again.
“It’s been a great ride. We won the Kentucky Derby (on Nyquist in 2016) and a Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies with Champagne Room, also in 2016). We’ve had some really good success. It was a good run, and like I said, I wish him the best of luck.”
Gutierrez also won the 2012 Kentucky Derby on I’ll Have Another, like Nyquist, owned by Mario’s principal patron J. Paul Reddam.
SANTA ANITA’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT REMAINS UNSOLVED
For the second day in a row Friday, there were three “live” horses going into the eighth and final race in Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, and once again the elusive wager remained unsolved, as #1 Posterize (9-1), #7 Red Clem (27-1) and #3 Jack’s Reign (59-1), all failed to win and finished fourth, seventh and 10th respectively.
With $82,532 in “new” money wagered yesterday, the total Rainbow Six Jackpot pool was $128,156. Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 12 consolation winners, each worth $3,752.
With an 11-race card on tap today, the 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot will begin with race six, which has an approximate post time of 2:07 p.m. PT.