October 25, 2018 - Keeneland, Race 6, Msw, USD $67,000, 6F
Boldor, C, 2, 2016 by Munnings
1st Dam: Senate Caucus, by Siphon (Brz)
2nd Dam: Hong Kong Jade, by Alysheba
3rd Dam: Ruby Slippers, by Nijinsky II
Owner: Ed & Susie Orr
Breeder: Carlos S E Moore & Gillian Gordon-Moore (VA)
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Boldor (Munnings) played second fiddle pari-mutuelly to fellow first-starter Super Steed(Super Saver), but the $700,000 OBS April graduate managed to hold off his better-backed rival to post a very impressive debut success and become a ‘TDN Rising Star’.
Drawn gate two, the burly bay colt–the 4.40-1 third choice– jumped well and made the running while pressed to his outside into the turn as the quarter was up in :22.69. In the meantime, Super Steed, off at 2.10-1 from a morning line of 9-2, took off at the half-mile marker and sustained a run on the bend to be within striking distance at the quarter pole. Boldor was still going well, but had left the rail open enough to allow Gabriel Saez to take a chance with Super Steed and the battle was joined. The latter raced on his incorrect lead from the three-sixteenths to the eighth pole while shoulder to shoulder with his foe, but Boldor did slightly the better of the two late and was home narrowly in front. Each covered their final two furlongs in a very strong :24.01.
A $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling purchase, Boldor breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 flat with a giant gallop-out at OBS and his hammer price was tied for sixth-highest of the sale while ranking as the priciest of 23 juveniles sold for his sire in 2018. The winner hails from the family of GI Belmont S. and GI Travers S. hero Summer Bird (Birdstone). His third dam Ruby Slippers (Nijinsky II) produced champion sprinter Rubiano (Fappiano) and Tap Your Heels (Unbridled), the dam of leading sire Tapit. Boldor is kin to a yearling colt by Tonalist and Senate Caucus was covered by Maclean’s Music in 2018.