Zips Through Four Furlongs
With Victor Espinoza aboard Monday morning at Santa Anita, Bolt d’Oro worked a brisk half mile timed in 46.40 this morning for Saturday's San Felipe Stakes.
Away from the races since he finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 4, Bolt d’Oro came on the track at about 9 am with a large group of horses at the top of the stretch immediately following a renovation break.
Accompanied by a stable pony, he cantered through the stretch and with stablemate Bacoli, ridden by Agapito Delgadillo, breaking off in front of him as they approached the half mile pole, Bolt d’Oro quickly drew alongside heading into the far turn as he clicked through an opening quarter of 23.20. He then opened up a half length leaving the quarter pole. Bolt d'Oro was given a gallop out time of 59.40 for five furlongs by Santa Anita’s official clocking crew.
“He looked terrific,” said longtime private clocker Gary Young. “No one could knock the way he worked today, it was perfect. It looks like the stage is set for Saturday. McKinzie worked great yesterday (seven furlongs in 1:23.80), so the two favorites come into this race really good.”
"He’s ready to go,” said Espinoza “I’m impressed with how much he’s improved since the last time I worked him. I knew we were going pretty quick, but he was doing it on his own. I encouraged him just a little bit. He’s fit enough…Hopefully, he can run a big race.”
Javier Castellano will ride Bolt d'Oro for the first time on Saturday, but he has other Kentucky Derby candidates, and Espinoza is a possible alternative.
Bolt d’Oro now has seven recorded works dating back to Jan. 27.
“We have a plan,” said owner/trainer Mick Ruis. “The San Felipe isn’t really the race we’re pointing for…He’s got a lotta talent. He’ll be really good in the Santa Anita Derby.”
Edited Santa Anita release
Photo by Zoe Metz