TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Bolt d’Oro

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, 4-3-0-1, $576,000.
Last Start: 3rd, GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, SA, Nov. 4
Accomplishments Include: 1st, GI Del Mar Futurity, DMR, Sept. 4; 1st GI FrontRunner S., SA, Sept. 30.
Next Start: Aiming for GII San Felipe S., SA, Mar. 10
Equineline PPs. Caulfield on Bolt d’Oro.
KY Derby Points: 14

For the better part of three months last summer and autumn, Bolt d’Oro was putting together one of those “man against boys” past performance blocks that can lead to juvenile championship honors and top spot in the pecking order for the Triple Crown classics. Then the starter sprung the latch for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the undefeated 7-5 favorite bobbled and got fanned six wide into the clubhouse bend, and “Bolt” has essentially been trying to catch up to his own previously unblemished image ever since. Should we write off that trip-troubled third-place championship race over his home track and consider it a one-time aberration of form? Or was his failing to seriously contend against the strongest field he’d ever faced a signal that his period of dominance had already peaked? On Sunday, Bolt galloped at Santa Anita, four days after missing his first scheduled work since the Breeders’ Cup and undergoing a nuclear scan to assess what may be a pulled muscle. Owner/trainer Mick Ruis said his star colt “was a little stiff and off [from training] for three days because we wanted to be really careful and sure nothing was wrong.” He added that Bolt won’t make his anticipated 3YO debut in the seven-furlong GII San Vicente S. on Feb. 10 and will now aim for the GII San Felipe S. at 1 1/16 miles on Mar. 10 instead.