Ruis Racing’s Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) and Watson, Pegram and Weitman’s McKinzie (Street Sense), the one-two finishers in a thrilling renewal of the GII San Felipe S., both breezed Monday in preparation for their expected rematch in the Apr. 7 GI Santa Anita Derby. The former, a two-time Grade I winner, earned the half-mile bullet with a :47 flat (1/93) spin, while McKinzie outworked all others at five furlongs, going in :59 4/5 (1/116).
Bolt d’Oro worked under regular exercise rider Agapito Delgadillo in company with stablemate Midnight Harbor, breaking two lengths behind that one and running by his mate in the stretch to finish about five lengths to the good.
“I was happy before the work and I’m happy now,” said owner/trainer Mick Ruis, who sent his charge out for his first recorded work since earning the San Felipe victory via disqualification Mar. 10. “He’s doing so well. I told Agapito to let him gallop out strong to get some air in him.”
McKinzie also went in company, with regular workmate Downtowner, shortly after Bolt d’Oro. This was the Bob Baffert trainee’s second published work since the San Felipe.
“Martin Garcia was on McKinzie,” said Santa Anita clocker Andy Harrington. “I had him getting his half in :48 flat. Baffert likes them to run out strong around the clubhouse turn and he did. He looked solid.”
Also on the worktab for Baffert Monday were undefeated ‘TDN Rising Star’ Justify (Scat Daddy), who covered five panels in :59 3/5 (2/116) and GII Rebel S. runner-up Solomini (Curlin), who went a half-mile in :48 flat (8/93).