B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm officially announced its partnership with Mick Ruis’ Ruis Racing on the future stallion career of undefeated multiple G1-winning 2-year-old Bolt d’Oro.
“I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Mick and his family,” said Hughes. “They're great people, and I’m thrilled to be in partnership with them, particularly on such an exciting young colt as Bolt d’Oro. I think we are seeing a budding superstar. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching his career develop.”
Ruis Racing, which acquired Bolt d’Oro for $630,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select sale, will continue to campaign the son of Medaglia d’Oro through the remainder of his racing career. Upon retirement, Bolt d’Oro will enter stud at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY.
“It wasn’t all about money when finding a partner to stand Bolt d’Oro at stud,” said Ruis. “It was about being able to partner with B. Wayne Hughes.”
Last Saturday, Bolt d’Oro kept his perfect record intact with his most dominant performance to date, romping by 7 ¾ lengths in the $300,000 FrontRunner S. (G1) at Santa Anita. He earned a 100 Beyer – by far the fastest by a 2-year-old to date in 2017 – for the performance after stopping the clock in 1:43.54 for 1 1/16 miles over a slow local dirt surface, giving Bolt d’Oro three wins in as many starts and making him the early favorite for next month’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Del Mar – a track at which he already owns two victories.
Earlier this summer at Del Mar, Bolt d’Oro broke his maiden at first asking going 6 ½ furlongs in August. In his second start, the dark bay colt earned the first of two Grade 1 wins to date after his proved best in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1) at seven furlongs.
In Saturday’s FrontRunner, Bolt d’Oro ran to his pedigree in his first start around two turns, showing his potential for the 2018 Triple Crown. By leading sire Medaglia d’Oro, Bolt d’Oro is out of the A.P. Indy mare Globe Trot. He holds earnings of $396,000 to date.