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2017 Frontrunner Stakes Results

The 2017 Frontrunner Stakes has become one of the go-to test runs for potential champions. Nyquist, American Phaoroah and Lookin’ at Lucky have all found early success at this race for two-year-old colts and carried the momentum through to promising wins in the Triple Crown. Bolt d’Oro seems ready to join that elite company.

Bolt d’Oro broke well with the rest of the field and sat in second as a 45 favorite behind 701 longshot Take the One O One, who shot out in front to set the pace early on. Zatter, who had closed as the 31 second choice was in third with Texas Wedge tucked in as the fourth place holder early on.

Take The One O One set early fractions of :23.17 in the first quarter with a strong pace as they hit the half-mile at :47.23. Solomini, who had shot up the board as a co-second choice with 31 odds of his own, made a move around the top of the final turn and moved in to third place ahead of Zatter who looked like he was fading.

Right at the top of the home stretch, Botl d’Oro made his move, and Take The One O One went right along with him with Solomini as the three separated themselves from the rest of the field. But Bolt d’Oro showed everyone exactly why he was such a heavy favorite, storming untouched to win the 2017 Frontrunner Stakes by a convincing seven lengths.

With the win, Bolt d’Oro brought back $3.80, $2.80 and $2.20 while Solimini was good for $3.80 and $3.00. Take the One O One was the big surprise, finishing in third with $7.00 to show. Ayacara was a distant fourth while the highly acclaimed Zatter finished in fifth.

The final winning time was 1:43.54.

Head trainer Mick Ruis was able to build on the momentum Bolt d’Oro in the Del Mar Futuirty and was delighted to see some evolution to his running style. "We learned that he could break today," Ruis said. "We always knew he could, but we didn’t want him to think he was a sprinter in those races, so I think we’re on the right track.”

When asked what his plan for the star two-year-old was, Ruis commented that, “Our goal was this race and the Breeders’ Cup, and then give him a chance to grow up. Hopefully what dreams are made of is what this guy might be able to get us to."

Bolt d’Oro is clearly the strongest two-year-old in the 2017 class, and will continue to earn high praise as we march through the world championships and on to the Road to the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Much can change from here until then, but for now Bolt d’Oro’s win in the 2017 Frontrunner Stakes has him running out in front of the rest of his rivals in the age grade.