Both winner-via-disqualification Bolt d'Oro and Mckinzie came out of their tough battle in the San Felipe Stakes in good shape and are could meet again in the Santa Anita Derby.
“Bolt came back fantastic, ate his food, his legs are tight and cold, so we live for another day,” owner-trainer Mick Ruis said Sunday. “He’s going to build off that race, because we didn’t have him all the way.”
Asked whether Javier Castellano would stay with Bolt in his upcoming races, Ruis pleaded ignorance.
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “We have to talk to Javier and see what he wants to do, but I’ve got another jockey who’s licking his chops if he doesn’t want to ride,” alluding to Victor Espinoza.
Jim Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert, said McKinzie came back “very good. We’re in great shape.”
Whether Baffert will keep to his statement that he would take McKinzie out of town for his next race after the controversial disqualification, no one knows. Cooler heads might see it differently today, so we could see a rematch between these two in the Santa Anita Derby.
Edited Santa Anita release with additional content by Dick Downey