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Leading First-Crop sire Bolt d’Oro chalks up 20th winner

October 27, 2022

Bolt d’Oro got his latest maiden special weight winner in the appropriately-named “Spendthrift 2-year-old Race of the Day” at the Belmont at the Big A meet when Tribal Queen scored by 2 ¾-lengths in a six-furlong contest.

Trained by Tony Dutrow for Harold Lerner LLC, AWC et al, Tribal Queen dueled with Lady Caraggio (IRE) through the first half of the race, then put her head in front for good midway on the turn. She was never really threatened from there on, winning going away in 1:13.93 on the fast main track.

Tribal Queen picked up $52,250 for the race originally scheduled for the turf.

“I saw Todd (Pletcher) had a Bolt d’Oro win the Pilgrim,” Dutrow said, referring to Major Dude’s Oct. 2 victory in the Grade 2 turf race. “They’ve been doing very well, the Bolt d’Oros, as everybody knows.”

Tribal Queen was bred in Kentucky by Vebhi Hakan Keles and sold to Lerner for $140,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September sale.

Bolt d’Oro currently leads the 2022 First-Crop sire list with over $1.8 million in progeny earnings. He will have his first runner in the Breeders’ Cup, which will run on Friday, Nov. 4, with the aforementioned Major Dude in the Juvenile Turf (G1). Breeders’ Cup post positions will be drawn on Monday, Oct. 31.