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Horse Profile - Bolt d'Oro
Mick Ruis' return to Thoroughbred racing is off to an incredible start thanks to Bolt d'Oro, winner of the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and FrontRunner Stakes (G1) as a two-year-old last year. Ruis left the sport nearly a decade ago but has returned to his first passion in blazing fashion.
Ruis Racing LLC purchased Bolt d'Oro for $630,000 from the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale out of the Denali Stud consignment. The bay colt was bred by WinStar Farm near Versailles, Kentucky.
Bolt d'Oro is a son of leading sire Medaglia d'Oro, the same sire of Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and dual champion Songbird. The colt, who is a half-brother to multiple Grade 2-placed stakes winner Sonic Mule, is out of the mare Globe Trot, herself a daughter of breed-shaping sire A.P. Indy and the multiple Grade 3-winning mare Trip.
Bolt d'Oro made his racing debut in August 2017 at Del Mar, scoring that day by 2 1/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite. Her returned a month later to face winners for the first time while also making his stakes bow in the Del Mar Futurity (G1). The bay colt was off a bit slow that day, finding himself in the rear of the field early, but rallied to secure a three-quarter length victory as the 3-1 third choice.
Based on his initial two efforts, Bolt d'Oro was sent off the 4-5 favorite in the FrontRunner at Santa Anita Park four weeks later. He romped by 7 3/4 lengths in that 1 1/16-mile contest, which set him up as the public's choice at 3-5 next out in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).
Alas, Bolt d'Oro suffered a troubled trip in the Breeders' Cup while returning to Del Mar. Bobbling at the start and running wide throughout, he did manage to get up for third but the loss cost him an Eclipse Award as champion two-year-old male. The Breeders' Cup and Eclipse Award trophies both ended up going to Good Magic.
Bolt d'Oro didn't kick off his three-year-old campaign until March after suffering a pulled muscle early in January. Given plenty of time to recover, the Kentucky-bred returned for the March 10 San Felipe Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park. Finishing second by a head after a stretch-long duel with McKinzie, he was awarded the win by the stewards after being bumped by that rival in late stretch.
Learn more about Bolt d'Oro with these indepth stories:
REILLY: Tales from the Crib: Bolt d'Oro
CALDWELL: San Felipe winner 'bolts' to the top of the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard
REILLY: Bolt d'Oro strikes in Del Mar Futurity
SCULLY: Bolt d'Oro spectacular in FrontRunner