Coliseum by Tapit (USA) out of Game Face (USA)

Coliseum at Santa Anita this morning

This is 3yr old colt Coliseum (USA) (Tapit (USA) – Game Face (USA)) who steps up for his first real test in the Gr3 Sham Stakes tomorrow at Santa Anita.

Coliseum (USA)

Sire : Tapit (USA)
Dam : Game Face (USA)
Damsire : Menifee (USA)

Prepping – click to watch trackwork

Gr3 Sham Stakes preview –

Coliseum has lived up to the billing of being a future star from day one, including proving his worth on debut in a crushing maiden special weight victory at Del Mar. His main competition has an experience edge over him though. Gunmetal Gray will look to bounce back in a big way after finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juv. He ran second to Game Winner the last time that he raced at Santa Anita in the Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes.


broke his maiden in his debut winning by nearly 7 lengths in wire-to-wire fashion. He showed greenness in his debut effort, which is the only question mark for him coming into this event. He appears to have the talent to win this race.

Gunmetal Gray 

has already competed in two stakes races. His first attempt came in the Grade 1 American Pharaoh Stakes, where he ran second to the eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Game Winner. He ran fifth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, where he seemed to slow down in the stretch. He should be ready to find a spot on the board.

Gray Magician 

won a maiden special weight by over 9 lengths at Del Mar. He needs to improve from his victory to out run the top two in the field. He should be ready to find a spot on the board.


likes to finish on the board. He has been able to do so in two of his last three races, all of which came against stakes company. Last time out, he was fourth in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity, where he was beaten 11 lengths by the talented Improbable. This field is very similar in talent. His best chance is to, yet again, be on the board.

Much Better 

finished 14th in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He returns back to the dirt inn the Sham. He broke his maiden on the dirt at Del Mar.


is only a maiden claiming winner when running on the dirt. He did win a stakes at Golden Gate Fields last time out on synthetic; however, there are much better horses in this race. He should not be a factor.

Easy Shot 

won a maiden claiming race at Del Mar. The move to the Kentucky Derby Trail is a huge jump up in class. He will be running around two turns for the first time. He should not be a factor.