Top-Rated Bolt D’Oro Committed To San Felipe, Santa Anita Derby In 2018

by | 11.10.2017 | 4:22pm
Bolt d'Oro

America's top rated 2-year-old, Bolt d'Oro will stay home at Santa Anita on the road to the Kentucky Derby in May, according to owner/trainer Mick Ruis.

“We appreciate having stalls at Santa Anita and we want to run our horse here,” said Ruis, when reached by telephone Thursday afternoon in New York City. “Right now our plan is to run Bolt d'Oro in the San Felipe Stakes (Grade II, $400,000 in March) as a steppingstone to the Santa Anita Derby (Grade I, $1 million in early April). From there, if all goes well, it's on to the Kentucky Derby on May 5.”

Although disappointed by his colt's third place finish as the heavy 3-5 favorite in the Grade I Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile this past Saturday, Ruis was buoyed by the fact that earlier in the day Daily Racing Form upgraded Bolt d'Oro's controversial Beyer Speed Figure of 100 to 103 in Santa Anita's Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 30.

The upgraded Beyer number of 103 is the highest figure earned by any 2-year-old this year. Quoting a story Thursday from Daily Racing Form staff, “The time of the Sept. 30 race was spectacularly fast in comparison with other stakes at 1 1/16 miles on (that day's) card. If that time was taken at face value, Bolt d'Oro would have earned a Beyer Figure of 113, equaling the best performance by a 2-year-old in 25 years.

“Such a figure would have meant that the top four finishers all improved on their previous best efforts by 16 points or more—a highly implausible scenario, in the view of the Beyer team. Accordingly, they assigned the FrontRunner (winner) an arbitrary figure of 100.”

A rousing 7 ¾ length winner of the FrontRunner, Bolt d'Oro entered the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Saturday undefeated in three starts, but was victimized by an outside post position 11 in a field of 12, resulting in an extremely wide trip under regular rider Corey Nakatani.

Although he lost considerable ground around both turns and down the backside, Bolt d'Oro, who was voted Horse of the Meet at Santa Anita's recently concluded Autumn Meet, finished up with good energy while beaten 5 ¼ lengths by the Chad Brown-conditioned Good Magic.

“I still think we have the best horse,” said Ruis on Sunday morning. “He came back sound and happy, ate all his food…We'll give him 60 days to chill out, keep him at the barn and let him graze on some grass. We're looking forward…We're not going to run away from anybody. If we're going to win the big one, we've got to run against the Bob Bafferts and all the other ones.”

  • Beau Geste

    Good luck to Bolt d’Oro and his connections. It’s always nice to find to find a colt you can root for, but it’s even nicer when you can root for the people involved as well. I’m sure everyone has learned something from the Breeders Cup performance and that will all be to Bolt’s advantage during the prep races which hopefully, lead up to a win in the Derby.

    • Carolyn Barg

      Right on, Beau.

  • Ida Lee

    Bolt is a spectacular athlete …. the BC never happened….that’s how I see it….he’s my second favorite for the Derby (Solomini is my Derby horse) … 103 Beyer …double wow …

    • Judoon

      I hope he’s named 2yo Champion. I feel he has the strongest resume of any juvenile male this year.

      • Ida Lee

        Yeah, Bolt really is spectacular….I pick Solomini cause he’s a Curlin

    • Gary

      Solomon will be retired like bodemeister when the big needles are done with him. The best Curlin in the country stood up and represented pops, you think it was a fluke?

      • Ida Lee

        Gary, my Derby horse is Solomini, not Solomon….I chose him because he’s shown incredible potential and I believe a little more experience and maturity will put him over the top….obviously, Good Magic is a fine horse….he is after all a Curlin as is Solomini….please let them have a career before you have them retired … as to your comment, I have no idea what you’re trying to say except it doesn’t sound too nice …I prefer to enjoy the sport and the beautiful and talented athletes ….

  • Al McBean

    They could upgrade his Bayer to 200, without a new trainer this horse goes nowhere.

    • really?

      Correct…unless he is a super horse, he might be able to outrun his training.

      • Al McBean

        the breeders cup proved that he can’t do it

    • Larry Ensor

      Tough crowd around here. Even if this is the best horse Mick ever trains. It’s one more than the majority of people who post will ever train. If they ever trained a horse at all. I wish him the best of luck and hope there are more good ones in his future.

      • Gary

        Good one larry.. any trainers deserve to be put under the bus let’s start with the big needles in the game. Curling over medaglia as the races get longer n harder

    • CEOmike

      And a new Jockey, Bolt d’oro was the best horse in the BC. He ran at least 8, probably closer to 12, lengths further than Good Magic. He needed to be better out of the gate (trainer) and better than 6 then 4 wide (jockey) for the whole race.

      • Al McBean

        good points all.

      • Gary

        Agreed on that assessment. Is it possible the better horse won the juvenile? Even if he got the perfect trip it would only be a closer second at best? Do you guys really think a medaglia is gonna be better tha a curlin?….on a side note Did anyone blame mark case for classic empire so called mental issues?.. I wish you guys Good Magic on the road to Louisville

        • Beau Geste

          The Juvenile reminded me a lot of the 2017 Kentucky Derby. One had a dream trip, the other less than a dream. Bolt d’Oro’s additional distance traveled I was given was 80 feet further than Good Magic. I’m a fan of Bolt d’Oro but the fact is dream trips are not guaranteed and the jockey has to find the answer in the course of the race. As far as the sires, the Curlins don’t usually show much this early so that is definitely in Good Magic’s favor. Mark Casse caught an awful lot of criticism over this past year for what many felt was the mishandling of Classic Empire.

      • Cuffdaddy

        You placed blame on the trainer for Bolt not being better out of the gate but then want a new jockey for being caught wide?

        If you know anything about Nakatani, he is the best at saving ground which makes him one of the top turf jocks around. If anything, he saves ground to a fault. He had zero options in the BC after a less than perfect break from a outside post. Hardly a reason to replace.

    • Gary

      And which trainer you have in mind.. baffert ?. Keep on rock in bolt with this trainer you will have the best career health in racing. Go to the big needles and you will retire at 3yrs old citing you “lost interest.”

      • Al McBean

        Funny you should go straight to the king of the “vitamin ” trainers as a suggestion of trainers…If you follow my comments on any horseracing site I am the biggest critic of all these crooked trainers so much so that I completely stopped playing the races on the NYRA circuit where drugging of horses are basically allowed. Mr Ruis is simply not up to keeping top notch horses such as bolt on the upswing…they’re other options for capable trainers he could use but if he stays as bolts trainer bye bye viable derby contender hello allowance horse.

        • Meydan Rocks

          I’ve thought what you’ve written about Bolt’s trainer who is beyond qualified in business (and in life) but probably relatively inexperienced at the highest levels of race horse training.

          In the absence of a huge dollop of experience, many extra slathering of luck will be needed to guide this horse without nary a hiccup to the first Saturday in may.

          I don’t know if it’s been done before but if there was ever a time for a trainer to punt his pride and joy to another who has successfully been down this road before, this would be it. That being said, how do you gain experience without going down the proverbial road yourself?

          Dam*ed if you do and dam*ed if you don’t scenario here. The moment one thinks or suggest punting trainers the logical question arises. Well then, who do you send this prized horse to without incurring the wrath of the viewing public? (Not that one would care but you get the drift).

          • Al McBean

            Well as long as it’s not a vitamin trainer I think most would be understanding of the decision…I am searching for a comparable circumstance where a trainer developed a top 2yr old to become a derby winner where that trainer had no experience…the only recent example I can think of is chip wooley of mine that bird fame and MTB was not a top 2yr old and the only reason he won the derby was the sloppy track kinda like Todd pletchers 2 derby wins . It’s not a easy thing to do developing a top 2yr old if it was pletcher would have about 12 derby winners.

          • Meydan Rocks

            “It’s not a easy thing to do developing a top 2yr old if it was pletcher would have about 12 derby winners.”

            Heavy! No argument here.

        • togahombre

          if not nyra which tracks do you play

          • Al McBean

            Mostly the Kentucky circuit where they actually seem to give a damn about the integrity of the game…also compared to the NYRA circuit the value of the races in terms of payouts is not comparable…I also play Santa Anita and del Mar though because of lack of horse population the races are sometimes lacking in field size and thus good payouts…but at least the form holds up which if you’re a horse player should be your number 1 concern…not takeout, not field size, not quality of the horses but the integrity of the game.

    • David J. Beltran

      Sure. Just get a Trainer’s License, mosey on over to the Ruis barn and tell Mr. Ruis that you can do a better job. Oh and don’t forget your pencil to go with your condition book so you can draw circles in it. Cheers!

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