Likely Juvenile Favorite Bolt D’Oro Breezes Five Furlongs At Santa Anita

by | 10.22.2017 | 2:16pm
Bolt d'Oro breezes at Santa Anita on Oct. 22

Owned and trained by Mick Ruis, 2-year-old Bolt d'Oro is widely regarded as the likely favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar in two weeks. The Medaglia d'Oro colt put in a five-furlong breeze at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, cruising through five furlongs in 1:01.40 under regular jockey Corey Nakatani.

“I thought it was great,” said Ruis. “Corey knows the horse, and like everyone says, you don't win the race in the morning. It looked like he got something out of it, but not much.

“He's not even breathing (hard). He turned around like he was just on a gallop, so I'm happy; real happy.”

Ruis, who owns Bolt d'Oro with his wife, Wendy, said the bay colt that won the Sept. 30 FrontRunner Stakes by 7 ¾ lengths would breeze another five-eighths at Santa Anita next Sunday, walk here the next day, then “take him down there” for the Juvenile to be run Nov. 4.

Watch Bolt d'Oro's breeze here:

Likely @BreedersCup Juvenile favorite, Bolt d'Oro, worked 5F in 1:01.40 @santaanitapark! @Corey_Nakatani
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  • Ida Lee

    A Beast in training …..

  • Beau Geste

    I know that a lot can happen between now and tomorrow much less now and the first Saturday in May, but I’m getting a rare feeling about Bolt d’Oro like he could be something special. His professionalism stands out for a two year old. I heard Corey Nakatani referred to him as a “push button horse”. At this age, after three races, that says an awful lot.

    • Up the track Jack

      Me too. 5/2 in the derby could be free money.

      • Beau Geste

        If, again a big if, but if he should romp in the Breeders Cup Juvenile, that 5/2 will be a distant memory.

        • Esse Em

          I’m sorry, but you folks are hepped up on Goofballs. You are discussing a 2 YO pre-Juvenile and describing one of the lowest priced faves in the Derby in recent full-field history. Take a breather.

          • Neigh Sayer

            And calling it free money 6 1/2 months out.

          • Beau Geste

            And we might be right.

          • Neigh Sayer

            Sure, but saying that this far out is an exercise in folly.

          • Beau Geste

            Until it isn’t.

          • Neigh Sayer

            Then you should bet him at 20-1 future odds with William Hill. If 5-2 is free money 6 1/2 months out, then 20-1 is a fortune.

          • Beau Geste

            Already done.

          • Neigh Sayer

            I hope it works out, I’ve been doing this a long time and bet about 2 minutes to post, I can’t imagine betting 6 1/2 months before the race and if he doesn’t make the gate you lose the wager without even starting.

          • Beau Geste

            I acknowledged what we all know with each of my comments, that a lot can happen between now and then. I’m not asking you or anyone else to sign on, as a matter of fact, don’t, it will improve the odds. What I am saying is that along with the handicapping information, I’m getting a feeling. I predicted American Pharoah would win the Derby after the Frontrunner. When he won the Rebel, I predicted the Triple Crown. I had never done anything like that before or since. I’ll follow my instincts.

          • Big G

            DEAR ESSE ,, wow a blast from the past, Goofballs had many a friend trippin with Goofballs in the early 80’s your comment made me laugh and think of these crazy old friends of mine.

      • Neigh Sayer

        He is currently 20-1 in future Derby wagering. You should give William Hill a call and get down on that.

  • the buzz23

    Very nice colt. Hope they go easy with this guy and let him grow into that body. He has all the other tools just needs patient handling.

  • Michael Castellano

    2 year old champs that will win the Derby average about 1 in 12 since 1980. Not sure of the stats before that time. More often than not, the precocious ones win as a two year old, then everyone else catches up to them at three.

    • Beau Geste

      But I’m not talking about him because he is looking like the 2 year old champion. I would be talking the same way about Run Away or Solomini if I felt that way about them. I have had 11 of the last 17 Kentucky Derby winners. If I had been as successful overall, I would be typing this on a solid gold keyboard. These picks weren’t based on anything other than my analysis and gut feeling. Along with those successes were those who for one reason or another never made it to the First Saturday in May; Stevie Wonderboy, Eskendereya, Mastery. Believe me, I’m clear on the concept.

      • Michael Castellano

        I wasn’t responding specifically to what you said.

        • Beau Geste

          Sorry, I might be a little revved up.

  • smchapman2

    Very impressive.

  • Manefan

    Watching this workout, Johnny Cash singing “I’ve Been Everywhere Man” is in my head because of the back-story of Ike Green trail riding Bolt D’Oro through the mountains. I’m hopeful for Bolt and can’t help but cheer for him.

  • jarmstead

    This horse is as good as a 2 year old can look (except maybe Secretariat). He’s running straight as an arrow. Unless he draws a terrible post position, he’s a “Single” in my Pick 4-5’s.

    I will worry about the 1st SAT in May at that time. Derby Future bets are for suckers. Too much can go wrong in 6 months to take 18-1 or 20-1 or 25-1 before Halloween.

    • Jim Tully

      Do you trust Mick Ruis enough to have the horse ready?

    • verite

      He looks better than Arrogate in his work

  • HowardRoark314

    I really like Mick Ruiz, but ‘he got something out of it’ and ‘he’s not even breathing hard’ are mutually exclusive in most cases. In my opinion, a potential 2yo Eclipse winner better not get anything out of 1:01+ off the pole, he should be able to do that in his sleep.

  • not so fast

    all respect to mick ruis, he has skin in the game…but…there is a reason to give a good horse to a so called “super trainer”…they have (hopefully) made their mistakes with other people’s horses and have a clear understanding on what it takes to get to the big dance…do you think baffert or asmussen et. al. would work this horse in 1.01 and change or 59 flat and gallop out 1.12?
    Its very possible this horse is good enough to overcome his trainer in May 2018, but i doubt it.

    I know there are reasons not to send a good horse to a super trainer too, just saying the chances are that mick ruis will have the fittest horse for any future races are poor…

    • verite

      You mean the trainers who fried Rachel and left Mastery going to the breeding shed so soon? They aren’t “super”

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