January 19, 2019 - Santa Anita, Race 7, Msw, USD $55,000, 6F
Dessman, C, 3, 2016 by Union Rags
1st Dam: Frolic's Appeal, by Trippi
2nd Dam: Cherokyfrolicflash, by Green Dancer
3rd Dam: Cherokee Frolic, by Cherokee Fellow
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum
Breeder: Wind Hill Farm (FL)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Saddling a plethora ofÂ â€˜TDN Rising Starsâ€™Â last year, Hall of Famer Bob Baffert sent out his firstÂ â€˜Rising Starâ€™Â of 2019 at Santa Anita Saturday in ultra-impressive debut winnerÂ DessmanÂ (Union Rags). Installed the heavy 4-5 favorite for the omnipresent Baffert barn, he was off a step slowly, but was pushed along by Flavien Prat to chase the pace out wide in third. The $750,000 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream (:21 1/5) buy ranged up ominously to challenge the leader after a :22.24 opening quarter, and was clearly going better of the top two approaching the quarter pole as stablemate Scalper (Uncle Mo)â€“$850,000 at the same sale (:10 1/5)â€“revved up behind. Dessman proved to be in a class of his own in the lane, however, as he leveled off powerfully to run up the score by 7 1/2 lengths. Norski (Liaison) took third over Scalper.
Dessman is a half-sibling to Renaissance Frolic (Paynter), MSW, $149,470. Their dam Frolicâ€™s Appeal did not have a foal in 2017, but produced a colt named Superfrolicflash (Super Saver) in 2018 and was bred back to Liamâ€™s Map. The 11-year-old mare is a half-sister to MGSW millionaire Smokâ€™n Frolic (Smoke Glacken), who is the dam of Canadian champion Hunters Bay (Ghostzapper). This is also the family of graded winners Mokat (Uncle Mo), Frolicâ€™s Dream (Smoke Glacken) and millionaire Lindsay Frolic (Mt. Livermore).