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Horse Profile - Bolt d'Oro
Mick Ruis’s return to Thoroughbred racing as an owner is off to an incredible start thanks to two-year-old colt Bolt d’Oro, recent winner of both the 2017 Del Mar Futurity and the 2017 Frontrunner Stakes. The former jockey left the sport nearly a decade ago to begin a venture in construction, and with fortunes made, he has returned to his first passion in blazing fashion.
Success as an owner always relies on your ability to scout and secure top talent and the newly minted group known as Ruis Racing LLC has done just that. Bolt d’Oro was purchased for $630,000 out of Denali Stud by Ruis Racing, the stable owned and operated by trainer Mick Ruis.
His regular rider is Corey Nakatini, a jockey who has won 10 Breeders’ Cup races and also finished 2nd in the 2011 Kentucky Derby aboard Nehro. In other words, Bolt d’Oro is in very capable hands.
Beyond that, Bolt d’Oro comes from a known pedigree. He is the son of Medaglia d’Oro, a leading sire who has sired Rachel Alexandra and Songbird recently. His mother is Globe Trot, a daughter of the renowned A.P. Indy.
Making his debut at Del Mar in August 2017, Bolt d’Oro ran a 6 ½ furlong maiden special weight in 1:17.92, easily besting the field, which set him up for the Del Mar Futurity one month later. He would go off at the 7/2 third choice, behind the highly acclaimed Zatter from Bob Baffert’s barn.
Sitting well off the pace early on, Bolt d’Oro kicked into gear around the final turn of the Del Mar Futurity to run on and pass Zatter down the stretch, for a win in the 7-furlong contest in a time of 1:22.91.
Later in September, Bolt d’Oro would enter the 2017 FrontRunner Stakes as the 4/5 favorite. Trailing the pace setting horse Take the One O One early on, Bolt d’Oro shot out in the homestretch to defeat his two-year-old rivals by just over seven lengths. This win was important, but the dominant two-turn performance demonstrated by Bolt d’Oro is what trainer Mick Ruis and Bolt d’Oro’s connections really wanted to see.
Entering the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Bolt d’Oro was the consensus favorite and earned 9/5 odds on the morning line. As excitement around the colt boiled to a fever pitch, his odds dropped dramatically. By the race start time, Bolt d’Oro was the heavy favorite to win at 3/5.
As the 12-horse field broke from the gate, Bolt d’Oro was driven to the outside nearly six wide off the rail. He fought valiantly to try to push inside, but was blocked by a dense grouping deep in the backstretch. Not much changed around the far turn, but with no alternative, Bolt d’Oro had to move wide outside rounding the final turn, but it was too little too late. Good Magic would break his maiden as a huge upset. Bolt d’Oro took third behind Solomini.
The colt is a convincing 3-0-1 so far with $576,000 in career earnings. He has ground to make up in the eyes of handicappers with his Breeders’ Cup performance. There’s no doubting that he is one of the more polished colts heading into the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby.