Bolt D’Oro Gets ‘A Little Air’ In Breeze; Mor Spirit, West Coast Work For Baffert

by | 10.29.2017 | 3:49pm
Bolt d'Oro

Headed by undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile favorite Bolt d'Oro, several Santa Anita-based stalwarts had their final major breezes for their Breeders' Cup races Sunday morning at The Great Race Place.

Bolt d'Oro, 7 ¾-length winner of the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 30, worked five furlongs in company at 8:05 a.m. following the 7:45 renovation break, getting a time of 1:02.20 under regular rider Corey Nakatani.

Workmate MidnightHarbor, on the rail with Juan Ochoa aboard, was clocked in 1:03.40.

“He looked perfect,” said owner/trainer Mick Ruis, who watched Bolt's work along with his wife and co-owner, Wendy. “His stride looked good. I just wanted to give him a little air today and then bring him into the race just where he is right now.

“He worked in company with MidnightHarbor, who we used as gauge. Ochoa has a really good clock in his head and we were hoping to get about a minute flat for Bolt.

“Corey didn't really move on him. He looked really, really good.”

Bob Baffert said Arrogate, one of four possible starters in the Classic for the Hall of Fame trainer who is seeking his fourth straight win in the race, is scheduled to work “probably a half mile” Monday morning at 7:45.

Baffert plans to ship all his Breeders' Cup candidates from Santa Anita on Tuesday.

Streaking stakes winner Mor Spirit (Dirt Mile) worked six furlongs from the gate, the sixth straight time he has done so in a breeze for an upcoming race.

Mor Spirit went in company with Cat Burglar. They were timed in a bullet 1:13.40 and 1:13.60, respectively.

Baffert elaborated on why he has been working Mor Spirit from the gate.

“It has nothing to do with how he breaks in a race,” Baffert said. “He's always been sort of a lazy work horse, and working from the gate, he gets a lot more out of it. I was really happy with his breeze and I feel really good about the way he's training.”

Baffert also sent West Coast, winner of the Travers Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby in his last two starts, five furlongs in company with Red Kite. West Coast received a time of 1:00.40, while Red Kite got 1:01.40.

“West Coast went well,” Baffert told “He's a horse that's on the improve. He likes a mile and a quarter, he deserves a shot. We know how tough these 3-year-olds can be this time of the year.”

Along with Arrogate, who won the Classic last year, West Coast could be joined in the starting gate by Collected and Mubtaahij. Cupid (Dirt Mile), winner of the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita last May, went five furlongs for Baffert in 1:00.40, while Juvenile candidate Solomini, a distant second to Bolt d'Oro in the FrontRunner, went five furlongs in 1:01.

Also working Sunday at Santa Anita were Midnight Storm (Dirt Mile) and Ransom the Moon (Sprint) for Phil D'Amato, each going four furlongs, the former timed in 48.40 and the latter in a bullet 47 flat, fastest of 47 drills at the distance.

Agent Tony Matos reports that Santa Anita's leading rider Evin Roman has gained his first Breeders' Cup mount in Golden Dragon, who runs in the Juvenile Turf for trainer/breeder Mikhail Yanakov. A Kentucky-bred son of Skipshot, the chestnut colt has won his last two starts, but the Juvenile Turf will be his first stakes start.

The 19-year-old Roman is scheduled to work Golden Dragon Monday morning over Del Mar's turf course.

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