BOLT D’ORO (c, Medaglia d’Oro—Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy)
O-Ruis Racing. B-WinStar Farm (KY). T-Mick Ruis. Sales History: $630,000 yrl FTSAUG ’16. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 7-4-1-1, $1,016,000.
Caulfield on Bolt d’Oro.
Bolt d’Oro was always in the Derby hunt, but he simply wasn’t strong enough to seal the deal. This $630,000 FTSAUG Medaglia d’Oro colt broke alertly and was probably a touch closer to a hot pace than expected, but that tactic also put him in a nice outside stalking spot while avoiding most of the sloppy kickback. At all times down the backstretch “Bolt” appeared primed to pounce, and he actually looked like a winner three-eighths out when he attempted to follow Justify’s bold bid. But a few strides later, when Good Magic swooped in with his powerful move, Bolt was already being shoved on for run and was briefly ridden with the whip before Victor Espinoza sensed the colt had little left to give, and he switched into “protect” mode for the balance of the stretch run. “I had a great trip. I just didn’t have enough horse to run with them,” Espinoza said. As trainer Mick Ruis summed, “when the real running started, he just didn’t have it.” Bolt will unwind a bit before being pointed toward the Aug. 18 GI Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
|2nd||GI Santa Anita Derby|
|1st||GII San Felipe S.|
|3rd||GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile|
|1st||GI FrontRunner S.|
|1st||GI Del Mar Futurity S.|