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Game Winner Proves Much The Best In American Pharoah

Gary and Mary West’s unbeaten Game Winner claimed his second consecutive Grade 1 victory on Saturday, drawing away in the stretch to win the $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita by 4 1/2 lengths under Joel Rosario. Gunmetal Gray railed to get up for second, a length ahead of early pacesetter Rowayton in third […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Ruis Keeping Bolt D’Oro ‘Happy And Fit’ Ahead Of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite Bolt d’Oro worked four furlongs Sunday at Santa Anita in 48.80 for owner/trainer Mick Ruis, with regular rider Corey Nakatani in the irons. “He went just like we were hoping,” Ruis said. “Corey never moved on him, he galloped out seven-eighths. That’s all we wanted him to do. We know he has […]

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Bolt D’Oro Drives Clear To Impressive FrontRunner Victory

Bolt d’Oro proved he could make the jump to two turns for owner/trainer Mick Ruis when he dominated Saturday’s Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita as the 4-5 favorite. The juvenile son of Medaglia d’Oro relaxed just off the pace for jockey Corey Nakatani, then rallied around the turn to take the lead in […]

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Owner/Trainer Ruis Takes Three Of Santa Anita’s Opening Day Races

Owner/trainer Mick Ruis got off to a good start on Friday, opening day of Santa Anita’s 19-day Autumn Meet, as he won three out of the first five races on the nine-race card. In the opener, his 3-year-old gelding Bacoli pulled off a modest upset, winning at odds of 5-1 under Israel Ocampo and returning $12.80 […]

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Bolt d’Oro Tries Two Turns, Goes For Second G1 Win In Saturday’s FrontRunner

Separated by three quarters of a length last time out, Bolt d’ Oro and Zatter will renew their rivalry as they head Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita.With the top two attempting two turns for the first time, a field of nine 2-year-olds will compete at 1 1/16 miles in preparation for […]

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Del Mar Futurity Winner Bolt D’Oro To Stand At Spendthrift After Racing Career

Owner/trainer Mick Ruis’ Bolt d’Oro, winner of the G1 Del Mar Futurity, will stand at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm after his racing career, according to drf.com. The unbeaten 2-year-old by Medaglia d’Oro is out of the A.P. Indy mare Globetrot, making him a half-brother to stakes winner Sonic Mule. “We have an arrangement,” Hughes said. […]

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American Pharoah’s Baby Brother ‘Pretty Impressive’ In Maiden-Breaking Effort At Del Mar

American Pharoah fans have a new face to root for: the Triple Crown champion’s full brother is now a winner at Del Mar. Owned by Mrs. John Magnier, the 2-year-old St Patrick’s Day contested the pace on the inside, then dug in late to hold off Instilled Regard, a $1.05 million OBS purchase, by a […]

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