Bolt d’Oro

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BOLT D’ORO (c, Medaglia d’OroGlobe 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, 6-4-1-1, $1,016,000.
Apr. 17 TDN Top 20 Rank: 3
Last Start: 2nd, GI Santa Anita Derby, SA, Apr. 7
Accomplishments Include: 1st, GI Del Mar Futurity, DMR, Sept. 4; 1st GI FrontRunner S., SA, Sept. 30. 3rd GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, SA, Nov. 4; 1st GII San Felipe S., SA, Mar. 10.
Equineline PPs. Caulfield on Bolt d’Oro.
KY Derby Points: 104

Bolt d’Oro will head to Louisville as a “wise guy” second or third favorite in the betting. He very much deserves that characterization based on his established, near-championship form at age two, his solid win via disqualification in the most impressive Derby prep stretch battle of the spring (the GII San Felipe S.), and the fact that he was not throttled hard to try to overtake Justify when second in the Santa Anita Derby. But this $630,000 FTSAUG Medaglia d’Oro colt also presents unanswered questions to handicappers: Namely, “Bolt” hasn’t crossed the finish wire first since Sep. 30, and the last time he raced in a large field (the Breeders’ Cup), his well-documented issues in the first few strides out of the gate cost him both early positioning and the race. Three-time Derby-winning jockey Victor Espinoza is on record as saying that any such shortcomings will be mitigated by Bolt’s seasoning and relative experience compared to the other, more lightly raced, Derby favorites, and Espinoza has described Bolt as a kind, calm partner who knows how to conserve his pre-race energy. Such intangibles are important in a one-of-a-kind chaos race like the Derby, and when combined with what we see on paper, Bolt should be considered a serious win threat.

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