Don’t ‘Drag Your Feet’: Bolt D’Oro Arrives At Asmussen’s Barn At Saratoga

Multiple Grade 1 winner Bolt d’Oro wasted no time in being shipped to new trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn, settling in with the Hall of Famer’s Saratoga contingent on the Oklahoma side Friday morning. Bolt d’Oro, who had been trained by owner Mick Ruis, was moved to Asmussen’s stable from Ruis’ farm in Kentucky. “He arrived […]

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Castellano Flies West, Works ‘Solid’ Bolt D’Oro From The Gate At Santa Anita

Ridden for the first time by four-time Eclipse Champion Javier Castellano, top Derby candidate Bolt d’Oro worked six furlongs out of the gate this morning at Santa Anita in 1:12 flat and was given gallop out times for seven furlongs in 1:25 flat and a mile in 1:39.80 by Santa Anita’s official clocking crew. With Castellano committed to the […]

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

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 […]

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‘Not A Pimple’ On Bolt D’Oro The Day After Tour De Force In FrontRunner

Bolt d’Oro, who posted the largest margin of victory (7 ¾ lengths) of any of the five Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In victors at Santa Anita on Saturday, was looking for more to do just hours after his dominating triumph. “He was mad at six o’clock last night,” said Mick Ruis, part owner and trainer of the […]

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Desormeaux To Saddle Entrants In Four Of Five Grade 1’s Saturday At Santa Anita

Keith Desormeaux will be a busy man Saturday. The 50-year-old trainer plans to enter horses in four of the five Grade I, $300,000 “Win and You’re In” stakes at Santa Anita, none likely to be favored, but with Keith’s reputation as a giant killer, that’s not necessarily a precursor of defeat. His marquee stakes upsets have […]

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Nyquist Extends Streak to Four With Frontrunner Victory

Reddam Racing’s Nyquist extended his unbeaten streak to four in Saturday’s Grade 1 Frontrunner Stakes at Santa Anita Park, beating Swipe by three-quarters of a length but having to wait out an inquiry before the race became official because of an incident in deep stretch between the winner and runner-up. Hollywood Don was 5 3/4 […]

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Grade 1 Winner Bond Holder Loses Battle With Laminitis

Trainer Doug O’Neill announced on Facebook Saturday afternoon that Bond Holder, who once was pointed toward the Kentucky Derby, had passed away due to complications of laminitis. O’Neill said in the Facebook post that “the severity of the laminitis was ultimately too much to overcome.” Owned by Reddam Racing LLC, Bond Holder won last year’s […]

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Road to the Kentucky Derby starts Saturday

Churchill Downs new “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points-based system kicks off on Saturday with races in California and England. The Royal Lodge (gr. II) at Newmarket is the only European and turf race in the series while Santa Anita’s FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) is the first dirt race for the series. Winners of both […]

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