Bolo, Temple City’s stakes-winning 3-year-old colt, bounced back from a rough trip in the May 2 Kentucky Derby (G1) with a front-running allowance score on the grass Friday at Santa Anita Park.
The dark bay sophomore set all the fractions in Friday’s 1 1/8-mile contest, cutting out six furlongs in an easy 1:13 2/5 before cantering home a 2 ¾-length winner in 1:49 2/5.
“He did what we hoped he would do,” said Keith Brackpool, speaking on behalf of co-owner Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc. “I think he’s a monster on the turf. We had to give the dirt a try, it was a fun run and he did not disgrace himself (in the Derby). He got squeezed at the end of the Derby so Rafael had to ease him a little, so he wasn’t tired from it.
“I don’t think we saw what he’s capable of today. I think he was forced to go to the lead because there was no pace which wasn’t what I really wanted to see. We obviously want to see how he comes out of it, but we’d like to take a look at the Belmont Derby (G1, Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf July 4).”
Trained by Carla Gaines for Golden and Earle Mack, Bolo has won three of seven races, including the Eddie Logan S., all on the grass. The versatile colt also finished third in both the San Felipe S. (G2) and Santa Anita Derby (G1), which prompted running at Churchill Downs.
Bolo was bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm and is one of 17 winners this year by Temple City and is his leading earner of 2015.