Review of San Vicente, GII, at Santa Anita on Feb. 10

Race 8. San Vicente, GII. For three-year-old at 7 furlongs on dirt. Purse $200,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Synthesis Kent Desormeaux Keith Desormeaux 6/1
2 Coliseum Mike Smith Bob Baffert 6/5
3 Dessman Flavien Prat Bob Baffert 5/2
4 Sparky Ville Joel Rosario Jeff Bonde 4/1
5 Savagery Heriberto Figueroa Peter Miller 4/1

Synthesis broke his maiden at 1 1/16 miles and has already raced around two turns on the Derby trail. He finished third in his last race an allowance race at six furlongs. He consistent on being on the board. His record for 8 starts is 1-1-4. He should be able to continue being on the board in this race.

Coliseum broke his maiden winner in November at Del Mar. Coliseum lost all chance of winning his stakes debut in the Sham Stakes (GIII) at the break. H finished sixth in the Sham. He continues with issues in leaving the gate in morning works. His starts find his best stride within the first furlong leaving the gate. The cut back to seven furlongs comes with equipment changes and a new rider in Mike Smith. He needs to put a complete effort together to continue on the Derby trail. He will be on the board.

Dessman was purchased as a two-year-old in training for $750,000. He broke his maiden in in his debut in a 6 furlong race at Santa Anita on Jan. 19. The extra furlong should not cause him any problems. He should be sitting near the speed down the backstretch and be near the leaders at the wire. He should be in top four.

Sparky Ville has started seven times. His record is 2-1-2. He has faced off against the top California three -year-old males. His last race he finished third in the Eddie Logan at Santa Anita on December 28. He will need very fast fraction with the speed backing up for him to have a chance of winning.  He likes to stalk the leaders and try to out run tired pace group down the lane. The distance will hinder his one speed racing style. He should miss the board.

Savagery is the speed in this field. He ran fifth in the Los Alamitos Futurity (GI) and seventh in the Sham Stakes (GIII). However, he went gate-to-wire on Jan. 12 in an allowance race at Santa Anita going 6 furlongs. He has started twice in 2019. He should set the pace. He will find out if his speed can carry him seven furlongs. He will be on the board.

Coliseum leaving the gate with set the tone for the speed and the run down the lane. If he breaks, he should win. If he does his hesitation routine, then Savagery chances of winning are greatly improved. Coliseum looks like the most logical winner.

Our Top Three Picks:

    • Coliseum
    • Savagery
    • Synthesis




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