Bolt d'Oro

Ruis Racing LLC
Mick Ruis
WinStar Farm, LLC
Foal Date
Mar 17, 2015

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Horse Profile - Bolt d'Oro

Few potential 2018 Kentucky Derby horses made as big an impact as a 2-year-old as Bolt d’Oro.


A $630,000 yearling purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale by California owner-trainer Mick Ruis, Bolt d’Oro was quickly into stride. He started at odds-on in his debut at Del Mar in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden 2-year-old race Aug. 5, and justified the odds in winning by 2 ¼ lengths.


That effort meant he started third favorite for the Del Mar Futurity (G1) Sept. 4. Slow out of the gates, he loomed up to Zatter in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length. He then improved sharply for the 1 1/16-mile FrontRunner Stakes (G1). This time he broke well, and he zoomed away in the stretch for a highly impressive 7 ¾-length triumph.


Bolt d’Oro is by Medaglia d’Oro, a very good racehorse who’s been even better as a sire. He had the stamina to finish fourth in the 2002 Kentucky Derby before winning the Travers Stakes and twice finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, all at 1 ¼ miles. His progeny have won stakes races at a variety of distances, from turf and dirt sprints to 1 ¾ miles on turf.


Bolt d’Oro is the second foal of Globe Trot (A.P. Indy), whose three wins all came at a mile. Her first foal, Sonic Mule, is a dual stakes winner and twice placed in graded stakes, all at a mile or less.


Their second dam, Trip (Lord at War) won 11 races, including three graded and three ungraded stakes races at distances up to 1 1/16 miles. Trip’s dam Tour (Forty Niner), a stakes winner at six furlongs, has had a number of descendants perform at black type level the most notable being the triple grade one-winning sprinter Zensational.


Though many of the best runners in Bolt d’Oro’s family were sprinters, there are enough that handled a mile and further to suggest he can stay 1 ¼ miles in the Kentucky Derby, especially given that Medaglia d’Oro has proved capable of getting progeny with stamina. He handled 1 1/16 miles well in the FrontRunner, and he should be watched closely to assess his Derby prospects, both from a stamina and class standpoint.

Race History

1st Road to the Kentucky Derby FrontRunner Stakes

Santa Anita Park

I1 1/16 MilesDirt Sep 30, 2017

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