Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro–Globe Trot, by A. P. Indy), a two-time Grade I winner as a juvenile, has been retired from racing and will take up stud duty in 2019 at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. The $630,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling purchase will stand for a fee of $25,000 S&N.
“We felt like the best thing is, it was time to move on to his next career,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “There was certainly discussion of the GI Clark H. at Churchill and GI Pegasus World Cup. That would have been the ideal scenario. But we felt like it was best to make sure Bolt d’Oro was in good shape and ready to start career No. 2.”
Campaigned by Mick and Wendy Ruis, Bolt d’Oro captured the GI Del Mar Futurity and GI FrontRunner S. in visually impressive fashion and was also third with a troubled trip in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar. He was placed first via disqualification in a thrilling renewal of this term’s GII San Felipe S. and was also runner-up to subsequent Triple Crown hero Justify (Scat Daddy) in the GI Santa Anita Derby.
“Bolt d’Oro is a big, scopey horse, and if you look at him, you would think two-turn horse. You wouldn’t necessarily think precocious 2-year-old,” Toffey said. “Yet that’s exactly what he was–a very precocious 2-year-old and very talented. I think when you see one that is kind of going against the bias, that speaks volumes about how talented a horse he is.
Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Bolt d’Oro is a half-brother to Sonic Mule (Distorted Humor), MSW & MGSP, $264,190.