Bolt d'Oro Colt Overcomes Early Trouble, Gets Up Late at Santa Anita

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2nd-Santa Anita, $68,000, Msw, 6-12, 2yo, 5f, :59.77, ft, 1 length.

AGENCY (c, 2, Bolt d'Oro–Queen of May, by Bernardini) broke poorly and appeared beaten for much of the stretch, but came alive with a flying finish in the last sixteenth to get up and become the fourth winner for his freshman sire (by Medaglia d'Oro) Sunday at Santa Anita. A $100,000 Keeneland September yearling turned $400,000 OBS March 2-year-old after breezing a quarter-mile in :20 4/5, the dark bay showed five works over this track, most recently going five panels from the gate in 1:01 1/5 (16/42) June 5, and was made the 23-10 second choice. Bobbling a bit coming out of the stalls and spotting the field several lengths, he checked off heels in the opening furlong before finding his way into fifth behind a three-way pace duel through a :22.35 quarter. Angling into the five path turning for home, Agency started to find his best stride outside the sixteenth pole and swept past the tiring pace players late to score by a length. Longshot Crowning Gold (Harbor the Gold) edged fellow pace player Pacific States (West Coast) for second. The winner's dam, a half-sister to MGSW/GISP Tizaqueena (Tiznow), produced an Air Force Blue colt this term. Sales History: $100,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP; $400,000 2yo '22 OBSMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $40,200. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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